Preview - Roma vs AC Milan 04 February 19

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Match Day 22
Roma vs. AC Milan
Monday, February 4th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy (7)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: L D W W D
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 0.95
Top Scorer: Suso (5)

Juventus may be away and gone in the race for the title, and Napoli seemingly being booked for second, but the battle for the two remaining Champion's League positions is heating up very nicely. AC Milan occupy the fourth and final spot at present, but have a few teams breathing down their necks - including their hosts on Match Day 22 - Roma, who are just a single point behind AC in fifth spot.

Milan got the job done in the first meeting between the sides this season when winning 2-1 at the San Siro. They also won 2-0 here last season and will be aiming for a repeat.

Plenty missing for both sides here. Cengiz Ünder, Diego Perotti and Juan Jesus are all out injured for Roma who must also do without the suspended duo of Bryan Cristante and Steven Nzonzi. Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Cristián Zapata, Mattia Caldara and José Reina all miss out for Milan.

Roma have been surging of late, with a run of just one defeat in their past eight taking them to the cusp of the top four positions. Having given up a three-goal lead at Atalanta last weekend, they will be looking to bounce back here. They have lost just one of ten at home this season and will be seeking a fourth league win on the spin at the Stadio Olimpico.

Milan have lost only one of their last nine in the league, but a little concerningly have failed to score in five of their last seven. They have lost only two of ten away, to Napoli and Inter.

The home side are playing the marginally better football for us at present, won't lack for motivation and can utilise their greater attacking threat to pick up the points.

Prediction: Roma 2 - 0 AC Milan


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  17 - 6
Shots on target: 12 - 5
Corner Kicks: 10 - 2
Possession: 49% - 51%

Kostas Manolas, Nicolo Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini were all booked for the home side, with referee Fabio Maresca also taking the names of Suso, Lucas Paqueta, Franck Kessie and Davide Calabria of Milan.

Roma were the better side overall on the day, but then that is to be expected given they were the home side. Well ahead on the shot count, they nevertheless had to come from behind to settle for a point as Milan put in a spirited away performance against one of their big rivals.

Roma were doing the majority o the early pressing, with the Milan defence being forced into a couple of timely blocks in the area.

It was however the away side who took the lead in the 26th minute. Determined effort from Lucas Paqueta to win the ball and deliver a cross from towards the by-line on the left-hand side. Krzysztof Piatek getting in front of his marker towards the near post to stab home a low volley into the right-hand side.

Gianluigi Donnarumma produced a fine double stop towards the end of the half as Milan retained their lead headed into the break.

Just one minute into the second half however the home team were back on level terms. A cross in from the right-hand side causing chaos in the Milan area, with Donnarumma being forced into an excellent stop from his own defender, Mateo Musacchio. Nicolo Zaniolo was onto the rebound though to slot into the empty net at the far post.

Eden Dzeko did force Donnarumma into another smart stop with a header, but we finished up all square at the Stadio Olimpico.

No change for either side in the standings. Milan stay fourth and just one point ahead of fifth placed Roma.

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