SerieATIM: ACM vs Rome






AC Milan 16:15 Rome

AC Milan will seek to maintain their fragile European hopes of welcoming Roma to San Siro on Sunday afternoon. The Rossoneri defeated Lecce 4-1 last weekend and finished 8th in the table, 9 points behind Roma's fifth ranked opponent.

A victory from five matches before a three-month hiatus, culminating in a 2-1 home defeat at home to Genova, witnessing increased pressure on Milan captain Stefano Pioli. Despite an easy win over Lecce in their first match, it seems more and more likely that Pioli will be replaced by Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season. Pioli, who brushed off the rumors for the week, is now looking for the first consecutive victory since January with hopes of reaching the top 7. The seventh end will be enough for the Europa League qualification next season thanks to last week's victory over Napoli's Coppa Italia, but the Champions League is out of their reach. The Rossoneri have only scored 13 goals in the first 13 home games of this campaign - their worst total since 1997-98 (12). Milan center-back Simon Kjaer is thought to have avoided a ligament injury after sustaining an injury with Lecce, but Pioli is unlikely to bear any risk on Sunday. Leo Duarte is also having a headache, so Matteo Gabbia was supposed to accompany Alessio Romagnoli for his third Serie A start. Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not yet played, but Ante Rebic has filled the void, scoring 44% of Milan's total goals this year.

Paulo Fonseca's team defeated Sampdoria 2-1 in their first match back to fifth place, a position they have been pursuing since early February. Edin Dzeko scored 2 goals in the last 25 minutes to cancel Manolo Gabbiadini's opener for Sampdoria, turning this match into a 5-match unbeaten run by Roma in all competitions. Giallorossi will have to continue to accelerate when they are 6 points behind Atalanta in the top 4 battle. For Roma, they are flying high under Fonseca and will not give up hope of reaching the top 4, Roma has Gianluca Mancini back. After injury and Fonseca can also change more for his squad. Carles Perez and Javier Pastore started the first round but could be replaced here by Cengiz Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Dzeko scored 4 goals against Milan in Serie A, 3 of which came at the San Siro.


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