Where: Olimpico, Rome, ItalyWhen: Friday, September 1, 8:45 PM CET
Jose Mourinho’s team didn’t start well in the Serie A and, after two rounds, still doesn’t have a win. Meanwhile, Roma’s upcoming rivals, AC Milan, look ferocious after the opening 180 minutes of play and come to the Italian capital with high hopes. There is plenty of room for improvement for Il Lupi, who is still creating the squad for this year, chasing some star power on the market, unlike Milan, who already finished its transfer activities.
AS Roma vs. AC Milan Preview
Had a shocking start of the year, playing 2-2 against Salareintana at home, 2-2, and after that, lost on the road in Verona, 2-1. The defense was the main problem in the first two contests, and has been since the start of the preparation period, with Il Lupi conceding a goal in all but one event.
Still, Roma’s moves on the market suggest that the team is focused on bringing forwards and players closer to the rival’s goal. Sardar Azmoun landed on loan from Leverkusen, and their next target is Romelu Lukaku who might even land in Rome by the end of the week.
Mourinho’s defensive-minded style of play isn’t that visible in Roma, with the Portuguese allowing his players to have more freedom than they usually do.
Christian Pulisic’s presence on the field made AC Milan a much better team than the previous year. The American midfielder plays superb football, and let’s hope his injury problems don’t emerge this year.
His flamboyancy was the missing piece in Milan’s puzzle, while on the other side, the American needed some freedom, which he got from Stefano Pioli. So it’s no wonder seeing Rosonerri beating Bologna on the road, 0-2, and Torino at home, 4-1.
Milan will play like this all the time, because they have a team that can attack any rival in the league. The only enigma right now is their consistency. We’ve seen Rosonerri oscillating a lot during the previous year.
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AS Roma and AC Milan Possible Lineups
Roma: Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Llorente; Kristensen, Cristante, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Aouar, Dybala; Belotti
AC Milan: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Thiaw, Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao
AS Roma vs. AC Milan Head to Head
Last year’s games have brought two ties. The first was at San Siro, 2-2, while the second took place in Rome, 1-1. Only one of their previous ten games didn’t end with both teams netting, and during that time, seven had three or more goals.
AS Roma vs. AC Milan Prediction
These two teams both score and concede goals, and that’s our pick for Friday’s encounter. Roma has a much better offense than its defense. They have what it takes to net at least once, but their backline can’t compete with Milan’s attack.
Our verdict: Both teams to score
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