The Italian top flight returns after the winter break and it brings with it a mega encounter that sees AC Milan host rivals AS Roma.

The Italian top flight returns after the winter break and it brings with it a mega encounter that sees AC Milan host rivals AS Roma.

Milan’s last game before the break saw them beat Empoli 4-2 in a thrilling clash at the Carlo Catellani Stadium.

The visitors Roma were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sampdoria, leaving them in sixth place on the Serie A table with 32 points.

Milan on the other hand have 42 points and sit only behind league leaders and city rivals Inter.

Indeed, in 2021, a brittle Roma side lost a total of 12 away games in Serie A, and only in both 1949 and 1950 have they suffered more in a calendar year.

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What time does Milan vs Roma start?

The game kicks off at 8:30 pm Kenyan time at the San Siro.

Milan vs Roma team news

The hosts are boosted by the return of attacking trio of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao.

Franck Kessie is away on international duty but the return of captain Davide Calabria and Alessandro Florenzi should be good enough.

For the visitors, Chris Smalling, Daniel Furzato and Borja Mayoral will not travel due to positive coronavirus results.

Top scorer Tammy Abraham is set to start up front, supported by Nicolo Zaniolo and the returning Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Milan vs Roma head to head

There is not much separating these two sides as Milan have won 18 times from the 51 matches played between them.

Roma have been victorious on 16 occasions and the remaining 17 have resulted in a draw.

Milan vs Roma current form

The hosts have won twice, lost twice and shared the spoils in one game from their last 5 matches.

Meanwhile, Roma have won thrice and only lost once in that run.

Milan vs Roma prediction

This is a tough one to call but both teams have enough attacking prowess to at least get a goal in the game. A draw could be the most likely outcome.

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