AC Milan – AS Roma
Serie A has also resumed play this week. Last Wednesday, the teams completed the 16th matchday, and now the weekend continues directly. A big highlight will take place on Saturday evening, when AC Milan will host AS Roma. Both are once again among the top teams in the Italian league this season and want to collect important points in a direct duel with a rival. Kick-off is at 20:45 on Saturday at the San Siro in Milan.
Our prediction for the match can be found in the following Milan vs AS Roma tip. The hosts are currently the first chaser of the runaway leaders from Naples. Milan are in second place with 36 points from 16 games, five points behind the league leaders. Roma, on the other hand, have recently moved up to sixth place. 30 points from 16 games mean a gap of three points to the Champions League places.
Milan – AS Roma info
– Date & Time: 08.01.2023, 20:45 hrs.
– Venue: Milan, San Siro
– Competition: Serie A, Matchday 17
– TV broadcast: DAZN
Milan Form & Balance Check
AC Milan are looking to go straight after their first league title since 2011. Milan have finally returned to the top of Italian football and are in the title race again this year. The previously overpowering Neapolitans have already managed to build up a small buffer at the top of the table, but the Rossoneri are still stubbornly breathing down their necks. Milan are also still in the Champions League, with Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 in February.
All in all, Milan are on target this season. Stefano Pioli’s team showed strong form before the World Cup, losing only one of eight league games in October and November. In the top flight, the Rossoneri also secured their place in the last 16 with clear 4-0 victories over Zagreb and Salzburg. Milan then simply continued this form at the start after the World Cup break. The team from the fashionable city won 2-1 at Salernitana, with Leao and Tonali scoring the goals.
Milan facts & analysis
– 2nd place in Serie A, 36 points from 16 games.
– Last win 2:1 at Salernitana
– Only 1 defeat from last nine league games
AS Roma form & balance check
Roma are mainly standing in their own way this season. Numerous avoidable slips have led to an inconsistent season, which has prevented a definite possible higher positioning in the table so far. The season actually started well with ten points from the first four league games, but then came the first bitter setback with the surprising 4-0 defeat at Udinese. After that, light and shadow alternated again and again, so that the capital city can be quite satisfied with sixth place in the league and a place in the Europa League for the winter.
Pellegrini’s goal is enough to win against Bologna
Before the World Cup, however, Roma once again went through one of their weaker phases. Although AS booked their place in the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Ludogorez Rasgrad, Jose Mourinho’s team failed to win any of their next three league games. In addition to the painful defeat in the derby against Lazio, the Romans also needlessly dropped points in the draws against Sassuolo and FC Torino. At least the capitals came back from the break with a 1-0 win over Bologna, Pellegrini scoring the decisive goal early on from a penalty kick.
AS Roma facts & analysis
– 6th place in Serie A, 30 points from 16 games.
– Last win 1:0 against Bologna
– 1st win after 3 previous winless games
Predicted line-up – last update on 6 January 2023
Pioli is likely to again rely on the successful starting eleven from the Salernitana game on Saturday, which has been the regular formation for most of the season. De Ketelare and Dest are other options. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho could also leave his team unchanged from the win against Bologna, though we believe in Spinazzola in place of the inexperienced Tahirovic on the left rail. Abraham and Matic are first alternatives off the bench.
Milan – AS Roma direct comparison & stats
AC Milan and Roma have already met 180 times. While Milan won 81 matches, Roma won 46 encounters. Another 53 encounters ended in draws. However, the last three encounters in Serie A have all gone to the hosts.
– The most frequent result between AC Milan and AS Roma is 2-1. 11 matches ended like this.
– AS Roma’s last away win at AC Milan was in 2017.
– Last season AC Milan won both matches against AS Roma (3-1 at home and 2-1 away).
– A look at AC Milan: Rafael Leao is the top scorer with 7 goals. Paulo Dybala scored 5 times for AS Roma.
– The average goals scored in a clash between AC Milan and AS Roma is 3.6.