AC Milan vs Roma
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Friday 31 August 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Siro (Milan).
AC Milan were hoping to start their season off with a win last weekend after having their first game cancelled following the Genoa bridge collapse. However, the Rossoneri crumbled against Napoli, much to their fans’ disappointment. Even more frustrating is the fact that Milan actually had the lead in that game, only to end up losing 3-2 by the time the final whistle blew.
Although it is still early, it’s a big setback for a team who had spent big last summer and made some smart acquisitions this time around by bringing in signings like Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus. Milan were quite impressive during the first half against Napoli and former boss Carlo Ancelotti, but then the Partenopei turned the tide on them as Ancelotti was able to get the better of his former player Gennaro Gattuso and ensured that Napoli picked up another come from behind victory.
Meanwhile, Roma played Atalanta on Monday and were shocked as they actually had to come from behind to earn a draw. The Giallorossi had expected to largely stroll to a comfortable win, especially as La Dea had European commitments coming up, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had other ideas. Roma were 3-1 down at one point before scoring two goals to secure a 3-3 draw in a game that was certainly entertaining for neutrals, with Kostas Manolas securing a late equalizer, but it would be a major concern for Eusebio Di Francesco nonetheless.
Roma are still unbeaten in their last two games, but their performances haven’t been the strongest, as they struggled against Torino and were left scrambling against Atalanta. Those were two mid-level sides the Lupi figured they should have easily pushed aside. Certainly, they will want to take advantage of a Milan side who are still struggling to find their identity, especially in defense.
AC Milan vs Roma: Head-to-head statistics
- Roma have won their last 3 away matches against AC Milan in all competitions
- Milan’s overall home record in this contest is W45 D19 L19.
- However, Milan haven’t beaten Roma at home since May 2015.
AC Milan vs Roma: Prediction
Roma have a very impressive away record, with wins in eight of their last ten away games. Overall they won 12 and lost just one of their away fixtures last season, and that includes wins against Napoli, Milan, and Atalanta. Their only loss?
Against Scudetto winners Juventus. Milan, meanwhile have struggled against the top sides last season, and failed to win at home against any team who finished in the top four.
Their woes against top sides continue even this season at this early juncture, as was shown against Napoli last weekend.
AC Milan vs Roma: Betting tips
Roma – WIN at 2.85
Over 2.5 goals at 1.79.