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AS Roma vs AC Milan

by Colin on Serie A

The eternal city of Rome will be one of the most exciting places when it’s up to football this weekend. AS Roma will host AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico in the derby of the 16th Serie A round.

AS Roma is facing AC Milan as second in the table with 35 points, just 1 point behind the league leader Juventus. The Romans have cut the advantage of The Old Lady after their opponents slipped in the last round against Sampdoria at home finishing 1-1. Rudi Garcia’s boys managed to win a very difficult visit to the 5th in the ranking Genoa with a minimum result 0-1. The Romans played more than 60 minutes with an advantage after Matia Perin from Genoa was sent off by the referee. Adem Ljaic missed a penalty in the 31st minute and Radja Nainggolan scored the winning goal at the 40th minute.

#UCL not for Roma
The team lost the battle for a spot in the Champions League knockout stage losing the decisive game at home against Manchester City with 0-2. The Citizens took Roma’s place and sent Francesco Totti and his teammates to continue their Europe run in the Europa League in the next year. According to the information from the locker room AS Roma priority number one this season is the Scudetto. In the last couple of years the title was slipping away from The Romans’ hands. The last time they became champions of Italy was in the season of 2000/2001.

Milan 6th in Italy
AC Milan moved Napoli from the 6th position after the game between these sides last week won by the Rossoneri with 2-0 at San Siro. Now both AC Milan and Napoli enjoy the same amount of points 24, but the red and blacks take the advantage with 1 goal difference more. The team still can’t find constancy and stability in its performances. There are also many question marks around Filippo Inzaghi as a coach, which contributes for the additional pressure. The Italian goal machine from the past is without any doubt a legend of the club, but can he handle with the managers seat, to build the new face of AC Milan and to lead the team to new heights.

History
The statistics for this derby shows 11 wins for AS Roma, 10 wins for AC Milan and 11 draws. The Romans has won 7 of these games at home and 4 at San Siro, while The Rossoneri managed to win only 3 times at Stadio Olimpico. Earlier this year at the end of the last season Roma took convincing 2-0 win over their opponents in the last game between these sides.

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