Preview: Roma vs AC Milan Women

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After their humiliating defeat in the Coppa Italia, AC Milan women are looking to bounce back this weekend when they face AS Roma in the league.

Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. CET, and here’s a rundown of what you need to know ahead of the match…

The background

Milan and Roma have already met twice this season. Their first match was back in October and it ended in a 1-1 stalemate. They then met in a final qualifier for the Supercoppa Femminile in January, when the match ended in a surprise 2-1 win for the Rossonere.

The very first meeting between the two teams also ended with the same score. The two teams first met in December 2018 and Milan won that game. The clubs have met a total of nine times in the league and cup and Roma have never beaten Milan for a full 90 minutes.

However, Roma currently occupy the coveted second spot in the Serie A table.

Although the Rossonere hold a historical advantage over the Giallorosse, they will have a mountain to climb if they want to beat them. Fortunately for the former, help seems to be on the way.

Key players

Milan will see its ranks reinforced by the return of Alia Guagni and Céleste Bourielle. As previously reported, Guagni rested for the game against Juve to help her be ready for this game. The return of the experienced and strong Guagni should strengthen the Milan defense, which was in a mess against Juventus.

Refiloe Jane also missed this Coppa Italia game due to injury. There is no word on his current status.

Along with the previously mentioned Guagni, expect Christy Grimshaw to be one of the Rossonere’s key players. The Scottish midfielder has grown during her time here and has become an important figure in the team. Grimshaw will need to put in another strong performance on Saturday if Milan are to win this game. Laura Giuliani will also have to lick her wounds and put in a big performance to keep Roma at bay.

The game will also see former Roma player Lindsey Thomas face her former side. The Frenchwoman couldn’t find her scoring shoes in Milan’s last match. She will have to rediscover them and help put her old club to the sword.

Milan’s opponents for this weekend also have several powerful weapons in their arsenal. Among them are strikers Annamaria Serturini and Benedetta Glionna, as well as their small midfielder, Giada Greggi. Greggi put in a fantastic performance against Juventus in their last league encounter. It should come as no surprise if she replicates the same performance against Milan.

Players Andresa, Paloma Lázaro and Manuela Giugliano add to their powerful attack and midfield. Giugliano is also a former AC Milan player.

And although they recently lost defender Allyson Swaby to Angel City FC, the team still have a solid backing. It is fortified by captain Elisa Bartoli, Italian international Elena Linari and Lucia Di Guglielmo. They also have another former Milan player, Camelia Caesar, in goal. Overall, the Rossonere are going to have to work together as a unit to contain all the power Roma have.

Prediction

Once again, it is difficult to see Milan winning this match. Considering everything the team is going through right now, it’s hard to be optimistic for this game. This match will either end in a frustrating stalemate or the Rossonere could lose to Roma for the first time in 90 minutes of play.

How to watch

If you live in Italy, the game will air on TimVision and Milan TV. If you live in the US, UK, Ireland and Germany. It will be broadcast on Ata Football. The game will also be the FIGC’s featured match of the week and will be broadcast without restrictions on A7.

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