Preview - AC Milan vs Roma 01 September 18

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Match Day 3
AC Milan vs Roma
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro Stadium

AC Milan:   
Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.11
Top Scorer 17/18: Patrick Cutrone (10)

Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.61
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Edin D┼żeko (16)

We have a big one to kick off the action on Match Day 3 in Serie A as the Wolves of Roma travel to the San Siro to take on AC Milan.

It was all going so well for AC Milan in their first game of the season last week as they raced into a 2-0 lead at last season's runners up, Napoli. It didn't end so well though, as the Neapolitans roared back to win 3-2. Gennaro Gattuso will need to get his troops over that disappointment quickly.

Roma were involved in something of a comeback of their own last weekend, finding themselves down 3-1 at home to Atalanta before coming back to draw 3-3.

Roma came out on top 2-0 in this fixture last season, although Milan did gain their revenge when winning by the same score line at the Stadio Olimpico.

Overall Milan have won just one of their last six at home to Roma.

Andrea Conti and Ivan Strinic miss out for the home side. Roma must do without Diego Perotti, whilst there is also some concern surrounding the fitness of Alessandro Florenzi.

The fact that each of these sides conceded three goals last weekend would suggest that all may not be as it should be in the defences of the teams. We suspect there may be goals about in this one, with home advantage possibly just tilting the balance in favour of Milan.

Prediction: AC Milan 3 - 2 Roma


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  19 - 5
Shots on target: 10 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 53% - 47%

Just the two bookings in this one, both for Roma, with referee Marco Guida taking the names of Bryan Cristante and Daniele De Rossi

Sometimes the final score of a match doesn't quite reflect quite how dominant a side were in the game, and that's certainly the case here. This was impressive from AC Milan, particularly on the back of throwing away a two-goal lead to lose at Napoli last weekend. Utterly dominant - as illustrated by the shot statistics - they thoroughly deserved this win against a good Roma side. But boy did they leave it late to secure those three points.

Having bossed the early proceedings, Milan took the lead in the 40th minute. An excellent low cross from Ricardo Rodrigez bisecting the Roma defence and back four to find Franck Kessie ready and waiting to finish at the far post. 1-0 at the break.

Against the overall run of play Roma found themselves back on level terms in the 59th minute. A low ball into the Milan area from the right-hand side causing all kinds of chaos as the home side struggled to clear their lines. When the ball broke to Federico Fazio around 15 yards out he finished hard and low into the bottom left.

Just as this game looked to be headed for a draw the Milan forward duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone combined to send the San Siro into raptures. Excellent control and weight of pass from Higuain to play Cutrone clean through from the edge of the area. Last season's top scorer doing the rest to find the bottom right corner in the 95th minute.

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