Preview - Roma vs AC Milan 25 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 24, 2018, 03:40 AM

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Match Day 26
Roma vs AC Milan
Monday, February 25th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Last five matches: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.6
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (11)
AC Milan: 
Last five matches: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Suso (6)

AC Milan are fighting for a spot in next year's Champions League on two fronts--they qualified to the next round of the Europa League, where they will face Arsenal, and are eight points behind Lazio for fourth place in Serie A. Either way of qualifying would be enough for Gennaro Gattusso, who has done a spectacular job since taking over Milan midseason.

Roma comes into this match after losing 2-1 versus Shaktar Donetsk. Playing in the Ukraine is never easy and the travel seems to leave some teams gassed come the weekend. Now, the Giallorossi have to clash with an in form AC Milan side that is undefeated in its last 11 matches. Only nine points separate the two teams in the league table, Milan have the perfect opportunity to cut that down to six.

With just three wins in their last 11 matches, Roma have dropped out of the title race and are struggling for form. Their goal now is to remain in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Roma are unbeaten in their last five matches against Milan, something the Rossoneri are certain to be aware of. Milan have a ton to gain from winning this match, with personal pride and crucial three points at stake. If Gattusso and his men are serious about making a run at the top four, they need a victory here.

Prediction: Roma 1-2 AC Milan


Feb 26, 2018, 06:35 AM Last Edit: Feb 26, 2018, 06:38 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 0:0
Full Time: 0:2
Shots: 9:7
Shots on target: 4:5
Corner Kicks: 9:3
Possession: 55:45

AC Milan defeated Roma 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to goals from youngster academy graduates Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria.

Milan entered this match with an eight game unbeaten streak. However, they had not defeated Roma at the Stadio Olimpico since October 2011, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace to propel the Rossoneri to a 3-2 win.

Two minutes into the second half, Suso crossed the ball into the box. Cutrone beat Konstantinos Manolas to the ball and cleverly deflected the ball into the net with a back heel.

Calabria doubled the visitor's lead when he played a wall pass with Nicola Kalinic and chipped onrushing goalkeeper Allison. What a way for him to get his first goal ever in Serie A.

Milan, who started the season in poor form, which led ex coach Vincenzo Montella to be fired and replaced with Gennaro Gattuso. Gattuso has his side playing convincing football, and they are now within striking distance of the Champions League qualification places. The Rossoneri are tied on points with Sampdoria in sixth place--7 points behind Inter Milan in fourth place with the Derby della Madonnina coming up next weekend.

With this loss, Roma drop out of the top four. The capital club are struggling to get victories and will need to right the ship if they have any hopes of qualifying for next year's Champions League.

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