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  • 12 May 2013
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  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
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AC Milan-Roma Preview: Rossoneri can clinch Champions League spot

AC Milan-Roma Preview: Rossoneri can clinch Champions League spot

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Massimiliano Allegri's men know three points is enough to secure third place, but they will more than up against it against a Giallorossi who are also chasing European football



Back in November, not many people would have had AC Milan down as Champions League contenders with the Rossoneri languishing in mid-table, but their remarkable turnaround can be completed if they beat Roma on Sunday.

A win against the Giallorossi will ensure third place and a chance to qualify for Europe's premier competition as they enter the play-off round before the group stages next season.

Milan's Daniele Bonera, Luca Antonini and Riccardo Montolivo are all doubts for Sunday's clash and will be assessed beforehand.

Nigel de Jong and Bojan are unavailable, but there are no suspension concerns for coach Massimiliano Allegri. Mario Balotelli is expected to recover from a fever to take his place in the line-up but Giampaolo Pazzini could step up if necessary.

Roma, meanwhile, have one absentee in goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg which means Bogdan Lobont will get the nod, but there are no suspensions for Aurelio Andreazzoli to contend with as they continue their chase for a Europa League spot.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • On November 11, after a 3-1 loss to Fiorentina, AC Milan sat 13th in Serie A but since then 16 wins from a possible 24 have seen the Rossoneri storm to third.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy is the club's top scorer on 16 goals but has found the back of net just twice in his last 18 appearances.
  • The Rossoneri have only lost one of their last four encounters against Roma, but it was a 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico this season.
  • Roma sit in sixth place, two points off the Europa League places with two games to go. They do have the opportunity of European football elsewhere as they're in the Coppa Italia final with Lazio.
  • AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has been heavily linked with a move to the capital club, but the 45-year-old has denied such rumours.
  • Pablo Osvaldo (pictured, right) is the club's top scorer this season with 16 goals.

Players to watch

M. Balotelli

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The man of the moment: Super Mario has scored 11 goals in 11 games since his return to Serie A. High in confidence and scoring for fun, the former Manchester City forward is more than capable of causing the visitors problems at the back.

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 26

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The king of Serie A:  The second all-time top scorer in Italy's top flight, having made that position his own this year, may be getting into his twilight years at the end of his career, but he is still one of most techinically gifted players to ever grace Italy. If Roma have any chance of getting anything out of this game it will come through this man.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams have everything to play for, but despite beating Fiorentina, Roma's 1-0 reverse to Chievo midweek has killed their momentum. Milan, meanwhile, have been formidable at home having not lost in their last 11 league matches at San Siro and it may just give them the upperhand in this one.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Roma

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
71%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
AS Roma ROM
AC Milan MIL
2 - 1
AS Roma ROM
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
AS Roma ROM

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