AC Milan v Roma – San Siro at 19:30 live at Eleven Sports
Milan had their opening Serie A game of the season postponed following the tragic bridge collapse in Genoa and so had to head to Naples for their campaign curtain-raiser last weekend. The Rossoneri made a fabulous start with Giacomo Bonaventura and Davide Calabria putting AC two goals up after 50 minutes.
However, Gennaro Gattuso’s men soon ran out of steam. Napoli smelt blood and went for the kill, turning the two-goal deficit on its head to run out deserved 3-2 winners at the Stadio San Paulo. Milan were out-shot 24-8 and lost the shots on-target count 8-2 and so could have few complaints about the final score.
Nevertheless, a return to their San Siro home should give the Rossoneri the perfect opportunity to bounce back, particularly when welcoming a stylish Roma outfit. The hosts have been chalked up as pre-match favourites and no major changes anticipated from the AC side.
Andrea Conti and Ivan Strinic are out, while Cristian Zapata and Riccardo Montolivo are both doubtful after missing the opening match. Hakan Calhanoglu has served his suspension and is pushing for a recall, while Mateo Musacchio may continue in Mattia Caldara’s place if Gattuso opts for minimal changes.
The betting angle
Whoever takes to the field for Milan, a fascinating affair awaits between two clubs that will claim they hold Scudetto claims this season. And the early signs suggest neither team are in tip-top defensive shape and so a high-scoring duel is well worth supporting at 1.84.
Milan’s home matches averaging just 2.16 goals-per-game at the San Siro in 2017/18, while Roma’s road trips produced just 2.05 goals-per-game. Even so, the pair were collectively involved in games involving 11 goals last weekend on the peninsula and a similar outcome wouldn’t be too surprising.
Roma look to bounce back
Roma defeated Torino away from home in their opening Serie A match of the season and they showed spirit in abundance as they battled back from 3-1 down to claim a thrilling 3-3 draw against Atalanta in the capital on Monday night.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s charges were abysmal in the opening 45 minutes, playing against an Atalanta outfit that had purposely prioritized their Europa League contest on Thursday. The Wolves fought back impressively in the second 45 minutes and their variety of attacking weapons came to the fore.
The Giallorossi were excellent operators on their travels last term – scoring 30 goals and tabling 12 triumphs and will fancy their prospects of enhancing that record here on Saturday night. But Milan, as hosts, should make a game of it and an enjoyable encounter awaits.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.820
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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