AC Milan vs AS Roma: The Race for The Continental Place
Il Rossonero have not been able to return to their glory days yet. They are now still on the 8th of the table. With eleven games remaining, anything should still be possible, including for qualifying to Champions League. However, such is less reasonable for Milan than for Il Giallorossi, which is now sitting on the fifth of the table. There are six points margin to reduce before surpassing Atalanta in the standings. This weekend is when the race is on as both teams are squaring off in Milan for each win is more precious than ever.
AC Milan news
Gianluigi Donnaruma and Co started off their Serie A campaign after the lockdown with a big win over Lecce in the midweek. They hammered the host 4-1. Sam Castillejo opened the scoresheet. Lecce then could equalise by Marco Mancuso’s penalty. Yet, it did not last long as Giacomo Bonaventura, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao responded almost immediately.
AS Roma news
Paolo Fonseca’s men also marked their return with a victory at home while hosting Sampdoria. They thumped Il Samp 2-1 after coming from behind. Manolo Gabbiadini gave his team the lead at the first half. Yet, Edin Dzeko blasted twice at the back of the net and ended the game with three points for Roma.
Missing players and probable lineups:
AC Milan boss, Stefano Pioli often opts for 4-3-3 formation with the transition to 4-4-2, mainly to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic previously. Yet, since he is still on the sideline along with Simon Kjaer and Matteo Mussachio, Pioli might tweak it to 4-4-1-1 by giving a freer role for Hakan Calhanoglu to expose the opponents defence as well as to support the main striker Ante Rebic.
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnaruma; Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Leo Duarte, Andrea Conti; Frank Kessie, Giacomo Bonaventura, Ismael Bennacer, Samuel Castilejo; Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic.
Paolo Fonseca, on the other hand, has been deploying 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation. His typically offensive approach suits Romas squad yet lack of Italian discipline defence most of the time. The former Manchester City man, Edin Dzeko will lead the attack supported by the Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mikhitaryan and Justin Kluivert. In the upcoming fixture, he will not be able to put Nicola Zaniolo and Pau Lopez on the bench nor starting IX due to their injuries.
AS Roma: Antonio Mirante; Chris Smalling, Alexander Kolarov, Davide Zappacosta, Juan Jesus; Gianluca Mancini, Jordan Veretrout; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mikhitariyan, Justin Kluivert; Edin Dzeko.
The record in their head-to-head encounters seems to be quite even. Roma have a slight dominance with three wins and one draw in the last six meetings, whereas Il Rossonero have won twice.
This is inevitably a tight clash as it is crucial for them. Playing at home behind closed doors and the fact that Ibrahimovic is still ruled out, it is quite unlikely to expect Milan to secure three points here considering the leftover options for the targetman, should Rebic fail to break the deadlock. Rafael Leao and Nelson Paqueta have not been at their best yet. This could be an advantage for Il Giallorossi yet they have issues on their defence. A draw is more likely for both in this fixture.
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