Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be looking to lead AC Milan to another Serie A victory as they host Roma on Monday at the San Siro. Photo by ImagePhoto/Imago/Icon Sportswire.
- Unbeaten AC Milan welcome Roma to the San Siro on Monday
- The Rossoneri are currently at the top of the Serie A table, while Roma sit in eighth spot
- Get the odds, preview, and best bet for this Matchday 5 clash below
AC Milan looks to continue their perfect start to the Serie A season when they host AS Roma on Monday, October 26th at the San Siro, kick-off 3:45 PM EST. This will be one of the most high-profile games in Italy this weekend, with the visitors looking to spoil Milan’s run of dominant football.
Both sides head into this fixture fresh off victories in the Europa League on Thursday. The last meeting between Milan and Roma resulted in a 2-0 win for the Rossoneri in June at the beginning of their remarkable 21-game unbeaten streak, which still lives to this day.
AC Milan vs AS Roma Matchday 5 Odds
|Milan vs Roma||AC pk,-0.5 (-113) | ROM pk,+0.5 (-107)||AC +114 | ROM +225 | DRAW +265||Ov 2.5 (-162) | Un 2.5 (+130)|
All odds taken Oct 23 at DraftKings
Milan Looking to Stay Perfect
AC Milan was criticized for not being active in the summer transfer window, but early on, it hasn’t looked to hurt them at all. Stefano Pioli’s side has not lost a match since March, their last fixture just before COVID-19 stopped play. After the restart, they looked brilliant and carried that momentum right over to this season, where Milan currently sit at the top with a perfect 4-0-0 record.
Then last weekend in the highly-anticipated Milan derby, Zlatan Ibrahimovic led his side to a 2-1 victory over Inter thanks to his two goals. It was their first derby victory since 2016 and could prove to be a turning point for this side. Although defending was seen as an area in need of reinforcements, it’s actually been one of their strongest traits so far, conceding just one goal in four Serie A outings.
Zlatan has already netted four times in just two appearances after missing time due to coronavirus and continues to lead the line for Pioli, despite being just shy of 40-years old.
In midweek action, Celtic was their next victim on Thursday, whom they buried 3-1 in Europa League as Milan’s winning ways continued.
Roma Missing Key Defenders
According to reports, Roma will be without two regulars in their backline, with Chris Smalling missing due to a knee injury and Gianluca Mancini testing positive for coronavirus. Nevertheless, Paolo Fonseca’s men have put together a splendid string of results, going unbeaten in their last four matches after losing their season opener to Hellas Verona. Roma also captured a vital three points in their Europa League Matchday 1 fixture on Thursday, coming back to beat Swiss outfit Young Boys, 2-1.
Their last domestic outing was also very impressive, putting five goals past Benevento Calcio, with a brace from Edin Dzeko. Pedro has added a spark on the attack for Roma after making the switch from Chelsea in the summer, while Dzeko continues to provide his clinical abilities upfront.
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Roma dominated this rivalry with four straight wins between 2016 and 17′. But since, Milan has won three of their last five games against their Matchday 5 counterparts. To boot, the Rossoneri took away three points in each of their last two appearances against Roma at the San Siro.
As mentioned earlier Roma will be without two key defenders, while Milan will also miss the presence of attacking duo Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu, who are both injured.
AC Milan vs AS Roma Key Stats
|4-0-0 (1st in Serie A)||Standing||2-1-1 (8th in Serie A)|
|482.5 (6th in Serie A)||Passes Per Match||477.8 (7th in Serie A)|
It’s hard to bet against AC Milan considering their outstanding form for numerous months now. They’ve shown the ability to beat the best of the best in Italy, evident by their win over a quality Inter Milan side last weekend. With Roma missing Smalling and Mancini who are vital to the solidity of their backline, I’m going with Milan to grab three points on Monday.
Ibrahimovic will bag a goal after failing to find the back of the net against Celtic, leading his team to a two-goal win, while keeping Roma off the scoresheet.
Picks: AC Milan win (+114), Ibrahimovic anytime goalscorer (-125)
Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He writes about European Football, Basketball, and Baseball for numerous sites across the globe.