Early table toppers AC Milan welcome Roma to the San Siro in Serie A on Monday at 7:45pm (UK time).
Stefano Pioli’s side have started the domestic campaign in flawless fashion so far, winning their opening four matches, including a triumph in the Milan derby.
That 2-1 win over Inter was followed up in midweek with a resounding victory in Glasgow, as the Rossoneri secured three points over Celtic in Group H of the Europa League at Parkhead.
Milan remain just one of three teams still unbeaten in Serie A (alongside Sassuolo and Juventus) and will be hopeful of extending that run versus Roma, a club against whom they have won three of their last five meetings.
The Giallorossi haven’t had much luck in Lombardy, either, winning just one of their last eight away Serie A games, which came against Brescia in July, and they will be hoping to avoid three defeats at the San Siro against Milan for the first time since 1996, when a certain Fabio Capello was at the helm.
Paulo Fonseca’s side currently find themselves in ninth with two wins, a draw and a loss, but can reduce the gap on leaders Milan to just two points with a victory in their back yard. That said, Pioli will be looking to make it successive wins in Milan’s opening five league games for only the third time in the club’s history.
Where to watch AC Milan vs Roma on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
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AC Milan & Roma’s previous line-ups:
- AC Milan (vs Celtic): Donnarumma; Dalot, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie, Krunic, Castillejo, Diaz; Ibrahimovic.
- Roma (vs Young Boys): Lopez; Fazio, Kumbulla, Juan; Karsdrop, Villar, Cristante, Peres; Perez, Pedro, Mayoral.
In a double defensive blow for Fonseca, Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini remain sidelined for Roma, while Amadou Diawara is also out of this contest.
The only major absentee for the hosts remains Ante Rebic, who continues to nurse a shoulder injury, while Pioli will be hoping Hakan Calhanoglu, who was so influential in the Milan derby, has overcome a slight knock picked up in the showdown with Inter.
Players to watch:
- AC Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have turned 39 this month but the Swede has continue to showcase his world class ability for Milan and should take a lead role against Roma on Monday night. He has scored two or more goals in the most Serie A matches (four) since football restarted post-lockdown, and has netted braces in each of his last two games against Roma. With Smalling and Mancini set to miss out on this match up, Ibrahimovic will undoubtedly scent claret and should go for the jugular against a club for whom he has won more times against than any other opposition in his career (13).
- Roma: Jordan Veretout has been in strong scoring form of late and he will be eyeing up more goals against Milan to keep Roma’s top-four aspirations alive in these early stages of the campaign. The former Aston Villa midfielder tops the Serie A charts for Roma this season with three goals and he also has five in his last six appearances. Granted, four of those have come from the spot, and none away from home, but he is a player in a rich vein of form and with his confidence soaring. Should he channel that and take it onto the San Siro turf, then Roma stand a chance of ending Milan’s 100 per cent record.