AC Milan v Roma Preview

December 15, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountItalian Serie A action Monday Night comes from the San Siro Stadium featuring AC Milan versus Roma.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

AC Milan v Roma Preview, Serie A, Monday 16th December 2013

AC Milan head into this game on monday night having had an extremely disappointing time of it from their 15 matches played of which they have managed to win just 4 times and if Massimiliano Allegri’s side are to have any real hopes of qualification to Europe next season, then they need to start winning games.

Roma are having no such problems like their hosts and still remain the only unbeaten side in the Serie A league after 15 matches played this season, however Rudi Garcia’s side have been guilty of dropping a lot of points recently by drawing 4 of their last 5 matches and this has now seen the defending champions Juventus take control at the top of the Serie A table.

AC Milan v Roma Team News

AC Milan Team News:

Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Robinho and Goalkeeper Marco Amelia will all miss this game as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-3-2-1 looks the likley formation that manager Massimiliano Allegri will use for this game which will see Mario Balotelli leading the attack up front with support from midfield coming from Kaka, Montolivo, De Jong and Nocerino.

Striker Mario Balotelli is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 6.

Roma Team News:

Federico Balzaretti and Marco Borriello are both unavailable for the hosts as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Miralem Pjanic will also be missing as he serves a suspension. 4-3-3- will be the formation deployed by manager Rudi Garcia for this game which will see either Ljajic or Totti leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Gervinho, Florenzi, Strootman and De Rossi.

Midfielder Alessandro Florenzi is the clubs current top goalscorers this season with 4.

AC Milan v Roma Head to Head Statistics

Monday night’s game from the San Siro will become the 43rd meeting between the two clubs over the years from which AC Milan have managed 15 wins (10 at the San Siro), Roma have managed 13 wins (4 at the San Siro) and there has been 14 draws (7 at the San Siro).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show AC Milan having a slight advantage having won 2 times with Roma having won 1 and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

12/05/13 SEA AC Milan – Roma
0 : 0
22/12/12 SEA Roma – AC Milan 4 : 2
24/03/12 SEA AC Milan – Roma 2 : 1
29/10/11 SEA Roma – AC Milan 2 : 3
07/05/11 SEA Roma – AC Milan
1 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

102 goals have been scored in the previous 42 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.42 which suggests that this game should see one or two goals scored on monday night.

AC Milan v Roma Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

AC Milan: D W W D D

Roma: D D D D W

AC Milan have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 2 of their previous 5 matches played. Roma have only managed to win 1 of their last 5 played, but both clubs have remained unbeaten during this period having drawn the rest of those matches and monday night’s game looks likely to be just as tight.

AC Milan v Roma Match Betting Odds Market.

AC Milan have not been at all that impressive this season and occupy 9th position in the league table, but the online bookmakers seem to think they can win this game on monday night as they have the hosts priced up as the clear favourites at a current best price of 11/8 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw will certainly see plenty of interest here as with 17 of the previous 42 matches played between these two sides having ended up all square and both sides having drawn a lot of their recent matches, this game does seem to have the Draw written all over it and at odds of 5/2 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) it does look great value.

Roma are yet to be defeated this season and with Juventus now having gone top of the league table, the visitors will be desperate to win this game on monday night and for me they have more chance than doing so than their hosts and with a current best price of 23/10 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) available, I can see this attracting plenty of support also.

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AC Milan v Roma Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

AC Milan are desperate for points if they are to have any real hope of securing a place in Europe next season, but from what I have seen so far this looks an almost impossible task unless the results start getting much more consistent.

Roma remain the only team unbeaten in the Serie A this season which is mighty impressive, but their form of late has taken a bit of a downward spiral and 4 draws from their last 5 matches has now seen defending Serie A Champions, Juventus now take control at the top of the Serie A league table and this will not have pleased the Roma players or fans.

The goal stats don’t expect this game to be a goalfest by any means with possibly just one or two goals scored, but I really like Roma’s chances of winning this game as with Totti now back involved and AC Milan still missing a couple of their key players, I don’t think Roma are going to get a better chance to beat Milan this season and the away win looks the play here.

The Verdict

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