Roma - AC Milan Betting Preview: Why the smart money will go on the visitors netting in the second half

With the Rossoneri making a habit of scoring late on in games, Phil Kitromilides believes there is value to be had in backing them to find the back of the net in the second period
Having been drawn against Barcelona in the knockout stages of the Champions League, there is a feeling amongst many Milan fans that the side can almost write off their chances of progressing in the competition and should simply concentrate on making sure they qualify for next season's edition of the tournament.

It has so far not been a good domestic campaign for the Rossoneri and on Saturday evening they travel to the capital to face a dangerous Roma side who are a place and two points ahead of them in Serie A.

As the home side, Roma are marginal favourites with Marathon Bet to win, priced at 27/20 (2.35) while Milan can be backed at 47/25 (2.88) and the draw offered at 59/20 (3.95) by the same firm.

After making a forgettable start to the season, Milan are ending the year strongly and are unbeaten in their last five games in the league, winning four of them.

They have also been in excellent scoring form, netting 11 times in their last three matches and will be confident of continuing that scoring run at Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi, meanwhile, have been strong at home this season, winning four of their last five league games and finding the back of the net in every game at their vast stadium.

This therefore makes both teams to score a seemingly nailed on selection, but at 19/50 (1.38) it will attract few punters.

Instead, the price of 61/100 (1.61) for Milan to score in the second half looks infinitely more attractive, despite not being the biggest.

Roma have conceded second-half goals in six of their eight home matches in the league this season, and with Milan scoring in the second period in 13 of their 17 league matches, there is every chance that this bet will once again pay out.

For some higher odds, Marathonbet have a market which is always a decent option, the price of 59/20 (3.95) for any player from either side to score two goals in the game.

Milan to score in the second half at 61/100 (1.61) with Marathonbet
Any player to score two goals at 59/20 (3.95) with Marathonbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.