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  • May 7, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: E. Morganti
  • • Attendance: 33000
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Serie A preview: Roma - AC Milan

Serie A preview: Roma - AC Milan

The league leaders need just one point at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night to clinch their 18th Scudetto


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma (4-2-3-1)

Doni; Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Pizarro, Brighi; Taddei, Simplicio, Vucinic; Totti

Roma


Roma coach Vincenzo Montella will be without the services of influential midfielders Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta who were both handed three-game bans for separate incidents in the 3-0 win over Bari last weekend.

AC Milan (4-3-1-2)

Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho, Ibrahimovic

AC Milan


Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the line-up after serving a three-match suspension and should partner Robinho upfront. Massimiliano Allegri will also welcome back Gennaro Gattuso from injury and Mark Van Bommel from a one-game ban.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Roma have been awarded the most penalties in Serie A this season (13).
  • The Lupi have picked up just seven points from their last seven matches at the Stadio Olimpico.
  • Vincenzo Montella's men beat Milan 1-0 back in December at San Siro.
  • Francesco Totti scored his 206th goal in Serie A last week, overtaking Italy legend Roberto Baggio in the process.
  • AC Milan have been held scoreless in their last two encounters against Roma.
  • The league leaders are currently riding a five-game winning streak.
  • The Rossoneri have kept 18 clean sheets this season.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's men have won four out of their last five games on the road.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
32DoniGoalkeeper
3J. RiiseDefender
4JuanDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
-Marco CassettiDefender
9Mirko VučinićStriker
7David PizarroMidfielder
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
10Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
-Simone LoriaDefender
-Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
99Gianluca CaprariMidfielder
88Marco BorrielloStriker
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
10C. SeedorfManager/Coach
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
-RobinhoStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
99Antonio CassanoStriker
9Alexandre PatoStriker
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 1 0
No Totti, no party. The Roma legend can't stop scoring at the moment as his brace lifted the Lupi past Bari last weekend. The 34-year-old will be the home side's dangerman and will look to add to his 206 goal tally in Serie A against Milan on Saturday night.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Swedish striker has missed five out of the last six Serie A games due to bans. 'Ibra' will be eager to add his name to the scoresheet and help Milan clinch the Scudetto at the Stadio Olimpico.
Prediction
This is a game that both teams need for different reasons. The home side are keen for all three points as they look to pip Lazio in the race for the final Champions League spot while a draw or better will see Milan clinch their 18th Scudetto.

A score draw is likely on the cards at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening.

Editor's Prediction
Roma 1
Milan 1

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