Roma vs AC Milan Match Prediction: October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021 8:45 pm
Match Predictions and Betting Odds
Despite the inconsistent performances in the last 5 matches, Roma will be buoyant after their 2-1 win against Cagliari as they head into their matchup against AC Milan. Milan, on the other hand, have been in great form in this year’s Serie A as they come into this encounter after being unbeaten in their previous 5 matches.
Roma vs AC Milan Match Prediction: Team News, Probable XI
Roma captain Edin Dzeko will not be part of this matchup after suffering a groin strain midweek against Braga. His replacement will most like be Borja Mayoral, and Roma will hope that he can give them the lead against their archrivals.
Milan’s Ismael Bennacer and Mario Mandzukic will be sidelined due to injury and the return of Ibrahimovic to the starting squad will be an invaluable addition as Milan look to maintain their lead at the top of the Serie A table.
AS Roma (Probable XI): Rui Patricio, Matias Vin, Ibanez, Gianluca Mancini, Rick Karsdor, Nicolo Zaniolo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante, Tammy Abraham.
AC Milan (Probable XI): Tatarusanu, Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Kalulu, Tonali, Kessie, Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao, Giroud.
Key Players and Matchups
Lorenzo Pellegrini will be a major threat for AC Milan as the Roma striker has managed to score 4 goals in the 7 matches he’s played. The striker will play a key role in Roma’s attack as in this season of the Italian Serie A, Pellegrini has made 8 shots on target out of a total of 14 shots. Additionally, his ability to link with the midfield players (pass completion rate of 82%) will be critical in breaking down AC Milan’s defences.
Regardless of whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts or not, the AC Milan striker is always a threat for any opposition. In the 2021/2022 Italian Serie A season, Ibrahimovic has only started one match and has come on as a substitute in 3 matches in which he’s scored 2 goals and has made 1 assist from just the 4 shots he’s taken. This goal-scoring ability is what makes Ibrahimovic one of the deadliest strikers in the world and Milan will be hoping for some goals from him.
Stats seem to suggest that AC Milan are favourites to win this one given the form leading up to this match. However, anything is possible in the game of football and only time will tell which team comes out victorious in this fascinating Italian Serie A encounter.