AC Milan-Roma Betting Preview: Expect Balotelli to have the last word again at the San Siro

The former Manchester City striker has played a key role in turning the Rossoneri's season around and our tipster expects him to fire his side to victory
With just two games of the Serie A season left to play, AC Milan will be hoping to secure their place in next season’s Champions League when Roma visit the San Siro on Sunday.

Three points would be enough to secure a top-three finish for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with William Hill to come out on top.

The Giallorossi are chasing fifth-placed Udinese for a guaranteed Europa League spot but odds of 4/1 (5.00) on an away win suggest that they may instead have to beat neighbours Lazio in the Coppa Italia final in a fortnight to clinch European football for next season.

The hosts have only drawn one home league game all season, but you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them playing out a stalemate in this one.

Allegri seemed to be a condemned man in the first half of the season, as the team struggled to come to terms with losing star players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, and Champions League football looked like a distant dream.

However, the former Cagliari coach has overseen a remarkable turnaround since the turn of the year, as only runaway champions Juventus have done better than the Rossoneri in 2013’s 18 league games.

While caretaker boss Aurelio Andreazzoli has also been responsible for an upturn in fortunes since replacing Zdenek Zeman, Roma’s 1-0 home defeat against Chievo exposed the inconsistency that has plagued them all season.

The visitors have lost eight of their 18 away games in the league, and the distraction of their upcoming cup final makes Milan look like a particularly safe bet at 4/6 (1.67) to collect their 10th home win in 11 matches.

A huge factor in the Rossoneri’s renaissance has been the signing of Mario Balotelli, who has proved any doubters wrong by scoring an incredible 11 goals in 11 games since returning home in January.

Typically, the flamboyant striker has had the last word in seven of those games and looks the best bet at 7/2 (4.50) to score last yet again.

AC Milan to win at 4/6 (1.67) with William Hill
Mario Balotelli to score last at 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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