Roma - AC Milan Betting Preview: Defences could rule the roost in Rome

Both sides come into this Serie A match in fine form but our tipster does not anticipate many goals when Clarence Seedorf's side travel to the capital on Friday night
Two sides at the top of the form table go head-to-head in Serie A when Roma welcome AC Milan to the Stadio Olimpico for what promises to be an absorbing encounter on Friday night.

Roma have kept alive their slim hopes of claiming the title courtesy of eight consecutive victories and Rudi Garcia's men are warm favourites at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365 to make it nine in a row.

Clarence Seedorf's side, though, will travel to Rome in confident mood, having chalked up five consecutive league victories – a sequence of results which gives Milan an outside chance of qualifying for next season's Europa League.

That achievement would be a huge step forward for Seedorf, with rumours earlier in the year suggesting that, if he failed to secure European qualification, he could be on his way out of San Siro.

Milan's run of victories is quite the turnaround considering the Rossoneri claimed just one point from four matches prior to their victory over Fiorentina.

Despite their own fine run of form, Milan are chalked up at a chunky 100/30 (4.33) with bet365 to claim all three points from Friday’s fixture while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends all square.

Roma boast the best defensive record in Serie A, having leaked just 19 goals in 34 league matches thus far this season, three less than leaders Juventus, while Milan's recent success can largely be attributed to solid defensive displays, with Seedorf's side keeping a clean sheet in four of their last five outings.

With that in mind, these two sides could well cancel each other out when they meet on Friday night and, therefore, the 11/10 (2.10) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored appears to represent decent value for punters here.

It is worth noting that Roma are unbeaten in 17 league matches on home soil this term - but, on six occasions, the hosts have failed to lead at the break despite conceding just two first-half goals at Stadio Olimpico this season.

The Rossoneri are capable of frustrating the hosts for long spells and, with that in mind, the 13/10 (2.30) quote from bet365 for the first half to end level may be worthy of support here while the same firm offer even money (2.0) that the second period produces most goals.

Despite the attacking talent on show in this mouth-watering clash, it is the defences who are likely to be on top here and punters are advised to snap up the 11/10 (2.10) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored on Friday night.

Under 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pts stake with bet365

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