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  • December 18, 2010
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  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
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Serie A Preview: Milan - Roma

Serie A Preview: Milan - Roma

Claudio Ranieri's side need to win to revitalise their Scudetto challenge and punctuate the Rossoneri's scintillating run...

Ending On A High

Milan have had a brilliant second half of 2010 as they have been sensational in the first-half of the 2010-11 season. The Rossoneri are flying high in Serie A and are also through to the second round of the Champions League where they will confront Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Currently perched on pole position with 36 points from 16 matches, Massimiliano Allegri's side are six points ahead of their nearest rivals in the Scudetto race and are bookmakers' favourites to win the championship.

With reigning Italian champions Inter struggling and already 13 points off the pace (albeit with a game of hand), only Juventus are credible title-challengers, meaning that the Rossoneri do have a very good chance of conquering Italy for the first time since 2004.

However, the Diavolo will aspire to wrap up the year with a victory over Roma. The Lupi have almost relinquished championship hopes but they do have the ability to hurt Milan. Conceding a defeat just before the Christmas break could be detrimental to Allegri's team's psyche and would also break their seven-game unbeaten run in the league as well.

Scudetto Chimera

With 26 points from 16 matches, Roma have virtually given up their slim hopes of a Scudetto challenge. On Saturday evening the Lupi will almost certainly lose sight of Milan if they lose at San Siro.

However, Roma will head to Milan with confidence after defeating Bari 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and having drawn Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the second round of the Champions League, Claudio Ranieri's men will be confident of further progress in Europe.

To win in Milan, though, the Giallorossi will have to put in extra effort as they have won just once away from Rome all season in the league. Roma's defence too has looked susceptible as they have conceded 15 goals in eight away matches.

TEAM NEWS

Milan

Pato, Inzaghi, Oduamadi, Flamini, Thiago Silva and Zambrotta are injured and will miss the visit of Roma.

Roma


Vucinic and Lobont are injured and will miss the trip to Milan.

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
20Ignazio AbateDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
7RobinhoStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
-Massimo OddoDefender
-Rodney StrasserMidfielder
-Alexander MerkelMidfielder
10C. SeedorfManager/Coach
10RonaldinhoMidfielder
32DoniGoalkeeper
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
4JuanDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
-AdrianoStriker
88Marco BorrielloStriker
27Julio SergioGoalkeeper
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
7David PizarroMidfielder
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
9Stefano OkakaStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned on the style in most of the big games in Serie A this campaign and is also Milan's leading scorer in the league with nine goals and has also provided seven assists. The Sweden international striker will be deployed as the main targetman and his quicksilver intelligence, ability to hold the ball up, bring Robinho and other attack-minded players into play and clinical ability will give Roma's defenders a massive headache.
Jérémy Menez
Jérémy Menez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Jeremy Menez will be deployed as the playmaker for Roma behind the front-two of Marco Borriello and Francesco Totti and he will attempt to thwart the defensive organisation of Milan. The Frenchman has been in great form all season and has discerned a certain degree of consistency too, which means that he would have to be taken special care of by the Rossoneri defensive unit.
Prediction
Milan have proved themselves to be hugely strong at home and will be confident of crafting a win against Roma at San Siro. It could eventually prove to be a crucial match in the Scudetto race in the long run and one suspects that Allegri will tactically outwit Ranieri and gain maximum points.

Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
Roma 1

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