Saturday, January 9, 2016

Roma vs AC Milan Italian Serie A - 09-01-2016

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AS Roma vs AC Milan
Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 9 January 2016 - Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Roma

AS Roma team were held to a 3-3 draw at Chievo in midweek and they are now six points of Serie A leaders Inter. Pressure is mounting on manager Rudi Garcia as the Giallorossi have now only won once in nine matches in all competitions since beating Lazio in the Derby della Capitale on 8 November, a run which included a 6-1 hammering by Barcelona and a shock Coppa Italia exit to Spezia. Anyway, they have a commendable record on home turf, with just one Serie A defeat at the Stadio Olimpico this season.
Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is still suspended while Seydou Keita, Kevin Strootman and Salih Ucan are all set to miss the match. The Nigerian sensation Umar Sadiq has scored two goals in as many games and this should grant him another starting berth. Radja Nainggolan and De Rossi are fully recovered and are expected to start in midfield.
Milan were beaten 0-1 at home against relegation-threatened Bologna team in midweek and now find themselves in seventh place at the moment. The Devils are 11 points off the top and 10 off a Champions League spot and their away record is really poor having won just once on their last 10 matches.
Kevin-Prince Boateng will make the trip for the first time with his new club but is expected to be benched. Luiz Adriano and Bacca will lead the line with Bonaventura and Honda deployed as wingers. Juraj Kucka will replace Riccardo Montolivo in the middle of the park. The likes of Cerci, Balotelli, Menez and Alex are sidelined.
The Rossoneri have won only once over their last 10 visits to Roma. Three of the last six meetings at the Olimpico between AS Roma and Milan have ended 0-0. The last Serie A meeting between these two took place in May with Marco van Ginkel and Mattia Destro giving AC Milan a 2-1 success.

Probable lineups:
Roma (4-3-3): Szczesny: Florenzi, Manolas, Rudiger, Digne; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Pjanic; Gervinho, Sadiq, Iago Falque.
AC Milan (4-4-2): Donnarumma; Abate, Mexes, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Honda, Kucka, Bertolacci, Bonaventura; Luiz Adriano, Bacca..

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]



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