Roma vs AC Milan
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Monday, 12th December 2016
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
A crunch clash awaits as second-placed Roma take on third-placed AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday evening.
The Giallorossi and the Rossoneri are tied on points, meaning that this game could see one of these teams break away from the other. Both sides have had impressive seasons so far, but Luciano Spalletti’s men are coming into this game having featured in Europe.
By contrast, the Diavolo, who under the guidance of ex-Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, aren’t in Europe for the third straight season. As this campaign progresses, it will be interesting to see if featuring on two fronts (eventually three once the Coppa Italia starts) will have an impact on Roma, who finished in third last season. However, the hosts have been simply excellent on home turf, where they have earned a perfect 21 points from their first seven matches.
Milan, for their part, have been decent enough on the road, where they have a record of W4-D1-L2 (13 points). However, several of those wins were against teams like Empoli and Palermo. They come into this game having earned all three points against Crotone, but they definitely did not cruise to victory and needed a late goal to avoid being embarrassed by the debutants. Still, since losing 3-0 to Genoa on the road, the visitors have gone five games sans defeat.
Roma have scored a whopping 35 goals so far, and they definitely will be expected to add a few more against their opponents, who have not kept a clean sheet since grinding out a 1-0 win over Pescara. Meanwhile, Milan will want to take advantage of Roma’s own defensive woes, which has seen teams like Pescara and Palermo score against them.
Roma vs AC Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- Roma have won their past ten home matches.
- The Giallorossi have a record of W15-D4-L1 in their past 20 home games against teams below them in the table.
- The Lupi have scored at least 3 goals in 7 of their last 8 home matches.
- Roma have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 5 home matches.
- Milan are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 matches.
- The Rossoneri have a record W2-D6-L12 in their last 20 away fixtures against teams ranked above them in the table.
- Roma are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches against AC Milan in all competition.
Roma vs AC Milan: Prediction
As noted, Roma are on a ten match winning streak at home. They are just one away from matching their all-time record of 11, which, interestingly enough, was achieved under Luciano Spalletti eight years ago. Their record against Milan, especially at this home ground is equally as impressive, and as such, they are expected to come out on top in what should be a highly entertaining fixture.
Roma vs AC Milan: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 8/15 (1.53)
Both teams to score at 8/13 (1.62)
Roma – WIN at 3/5 (1.60).