AC Milan vs Roma – Preview
Achieving second place may not be completely in Roma’s hands, but they will do their chances of success no harm with a win at Milan.
Luciano Spalletti’s men are two points behind Napoli and can seal automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League with a win, combined with the Partenopei’s failure to beat relegated Frosinone. Roma will look to maintain pressure all the way and even confirm their growth under their Coach with a runners’ up position.
The capital club have only lost once in their last 18 Serie A outings, collecting five more points during this run than Napoli and a whopping 15 more compared to Milan. Christian Brocchi is still searching for his first home win in charge of the Rossoneri, with his side going winless in their last four games at San Siro.
Reversing that trend and taking all three points this time out is of paramount importance given the clash is effectively Brocchi’s audition for the top job next season, after the exclusivity deal his club penned with Chinese investors. It is a daunting task for goal-shy Milan – they have scored more than one goal in only one of their last 12 League outings – against a Roma that have racked up 44 strikes in their last 18 clashes.
Indeed, the visitors have found the net in 10 out of their last 11 trips away to Milan. Hungry to make one last push for second, the task of stopping Spalletti’s men could prove too big an ask for their beleaguered hosts.
Keep an eye on: Radja Nainggolan (Roma) — The Belgian dynamo has established himself as a pillar of Roma over the two seasons he has been there. Having scored all six of his goals this season under Luciano Spalletti’s leadership, Radja Nainggolan will look to drive the Olimpico outfit to victory in what could be his final game for them, amidst reports he is set to join Chelsea.
Form guide: Milan (W D L D W) Roma (D W W W W)
Last season: Milan 2-1 Roma
Stat fact: Roma’s last win at Milan was in December 2010, with the Giallorossi recording two defeats and two draws at San Siro since.
Milan (probable): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Kucka, Montolivo, Mauri; Bonaventura; Bacca, Balotelli
Roma (probable): Szczesny; Florenzi, Manolas, Rudiger, Digne; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy