Roma has had a disappointing start to the Serie A season, failing to secure a victory in their first two matches. In contrast, AC Milan, their upcoming opponents, have displayed a superb performance, scoring goals and playing attractive and appealing football. Romelu Lukaku came to Rome earlier this week, and with him upfront, Mourinho’s unit will be much more dangerous. Mourinho is still completing his team, and we can expect Il Lupi to be much better in the coming rounds. Milan, in contrast, has already completed their transfer activities, solidifying their team for the challenges ahead.
Roma (+180) has just one point out of the possible six after the opening two Serie A games, with the team having problems in all the areas on the field. Some of the key players are brought in, like Paredes, and they need time to adjust. Also, Il Lupi has only now completed Romelu Lukaku’s transfer, and the Belgian will soon come to Rome, maybe even start the game against Milan.
The team played only 2-2 at home against Salareintana and, after that, went to Verona, where Hellas managed to beat Mourinho and the gang 2-1. Looking at these results, both the defense and the offense have problems.
In the meantime, the team had signed Sardar Azmoun, a very talented striker from Leverkusen, and also added Lukaku, which would be a great boost upfront. As time goes by, we expect Paredes to be much better, and once he catches the positive rhythm, Il Lupi will be superb.
AC Milan (+190) is already excellent, having six points with a 6-1 goal difference after 180 minutes of play. Stefano Pioli’s crew was better than Bologna on the road, 0-2, and after that, showcased their power versus Torino at home, 4-1.
Milan’s attack is once again lethal, yet it’s not because of the attackers, but the American midfielder, Christian Pulisic, who is presenting high-class performances and reminding why he is still considered one of the best in his position in the world. Pulisic needs only a little bit of luck to stay healthy, as we know that the injuries have seriously slowed down his progress and limited his career.
Pioli’s team looks solid in each line, and they are playing very fluidly, which hasn’t been the case in the past. It seems that some of the players finally got used to performing at a high level each weekend.
Renato Sanches is questionable for the hosts, while Tammy Abraham and Marash Kumbulla have long pauses ahead of them due to ACL injuries.
Ismael Bennacer is injured for the guests.
Head to Head Games
When these two units met last year, there were no winners. On both occasions, we saw draws, 2-2 in Milan and 1-1 at Olimpico. Regarding efficiency, one of the previous ten direct meetings between these units ended with both teams netting.
Roma and Milan are coming into this event with one thing on their mind: to crush the rival through hard defense. Lukaku’s and Azmoun’s presence will boost Roma’s attack, which is a huge plus for Mourinho. AC Milan already showed that their biggest strength is in offense, so both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is the top pick here.
Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals +160
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