With their three-game winning run having come to an end, AS Roma look to leapfrog AC Milan while continuing their pursuit of a top four finish. Their clash will kick off at 17:00 (GMT+1) at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, April 29.
Roma Face Uphill Battle After Defeat to Atalanta, Aiming to Overtake AC Milan in Fourth Place
Roma was defeated 3-1 by Atalanta last Monday at Gewiss Stadium for their second loss in five games (LWWWL). Lorenzo Pellegrini cut their deficit in half before Teun Koopmeiners provided an immediate response that restored Atalanta’s two goal advantage. After this weekend’s defeat, Roma have fallen from third to fifth place and hold 56 points [17 Wins, 5 Draws and 9 Losses], equalling AC Milan for fourth spot ahead of this pivotal encounter at the weekend. Roma have set an impressive mark this year by keeping seven clean sheets from eight home league matches – only team among the major five European leagues to achieve such feat. An impressive victory against AC Milan would see Inter overtake them and move into fourth position in Serie A. Ola Solbakken could replace Paulo Dybala due to his unavailability due to an injured foot, joining Tammy Abraham up front against AC Milan as part of Jose Mourinho’s 3–4-1–2 formation.
AC Milan Secure 2-0 Victory Over Lecce, Thanks to Rafael Leao's Stunning Performance
AC Milan easily dispatched Lecce with a 2-0 victory, thanks to Rafael Leao (40′, 74′). Rossoneri had displayed poor play before Leao took charge and produced yet another stunning performance for AC Milan. Milan [16W, 8D & 7L] have found success again and look set to prevent Roma [12W, 6D, and 8L] from seizing fourth place. Milan have won their last two away league games against Roma and are hoping for three in a row since 1990. Milan have kept three clean sheets in four consecutive league matches, but have lost four out of seven away games in Serie A [2W, 1D, 4L]. “We have accomplished something already and expect the same thing on Saturday,” stated Milan midfielder Rade Krunic ahead of Saturday’s encounter. “Milan are confident they can overcome a strong opponent who are performing well, but we know Rome will be tough,” commented Stefano Pioli before heading into Rome to win. A 4–2–3-1 formation may be used with Olivier Giroud set to feature up front after suffering an ankle injury against Lecce; Davide Calabria will return after serving an accumulation of yellow cards as well.