AS Roma vs AC Milan: Preview and Prediction

AC Milan will travel to Stadio Olimpico to face AS Roma in the Europa League quarter-final second leg, with the Giallorossi will look to maintain their advantage.

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AS Roma vs AC Milan Preview

Roma secured a slight advantage with Gianluca Mancini scoring the only goal in the first leg in Milan, in the Italian derby of the European competition.

Mancini’s 17th-minute strike proved enough, as Roma kept the Milan attackers at bay despite their 25 attempts on goal. De Rossi will want to take Roma to a third consecutive European final at the end of the season, but they have a lot of work ahead of their second-leg clash on Thursday night.

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AS Roma holding slight advantage ahead of the second leg against AC Milan

Roma’s preparation for this game was cut short after their match with Udinese was called off in the 72nd minute after defender Evan Ndicka collapsed on the field. The defender will watch on the sidelines on Thursday as Roma host Milan in the Italian capital.

Stefano Pioli might not have had too many complaints about his team’s performance in the first leg, as his players produced the right attacking display. Roma were resilient at the back, which was the only reason they did not score a goal.

Key Stats

  • Last week’s victory was AS Roma’s first against AC Milan in their previous ten meetings.
  •  AS Roma are aiming to reach their third consecutive European final this season.
  •  AC Milan have yet to progress the last eight times they lost the first leg at home in a European knockout tie.
  •  AC Milan have failed to score only one of their last 30 games across all competitions, which came last week against AS Roma.
  •  AC Milan had 25 attempts on goal against AS Roma but failed to score in the end.

Possible line-up

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Thiaw, Tomori, Hernandez; Adli, Reijnders; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Giroud


AS Roma 1-1 AC Milan

Rossoneri will extend their impressive unbeaten record against Roma at Olimpico to give games, but the aggregate result will not favour the visitors.

Roma need only a draw to advance to the semi-final, as their search for the Europa League title continues, having suffered from a shock defeat last season at Sevilla’s hand.