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Club Friendlies
May 31, 2024 at 12pm UK
Optus Stadium
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5 - 2
AC Milan

Baldanzi (28'), Abraham (45+2'), Angelino (54'), Dybala (57'), Azmoun (77')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Hernandez (37'), Okafor (55')

Preview: Roma vs. AC Milan - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's friendly clash between Roma and AC Milan, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Roma and AC Milan face off in a post-season friendly on Friday at the Optus Stadium.

The Giallorossi's campaign ended on a losing note at Empoli, while the Rossoneri held on to second place despite an exciting draw with Salernitana.

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Roma coach Daniele De Rossi reacts on February 22, 2024© Reuters

Daniele De Rossi was disappointed with his team's execution on the counter-attack in Sunday's 2-1 loss at Empoli as they ended the 2023-24 season in defeat.

The Giallorossi's late-season wobble saw them fall to two losses in their last three games, and Atalanta finishing higher than fifth see the capital club miss out on next season's Champions League.

De Rossi's men aim to put that disappointment behind them in this week's post-season game in Perth, keen to depart before the summer break with a victory.

While success in Australia may not move the needle much, triumph will see the Rome-based outfit extend their undefeated run against Milan to three after winning both fixtures in their Europa League quarter-final.

Avoiding a loss may not erase Roma's eventual Serie A disappointment, but they hope to deliver a decent-to-good showing for their Australian supporters.

Roma's Paulo Dybala in action with AC Milan's Matteo Gabbia on April 11, 2024© Reuters

Milan have travelled to Perth without Stefano Pioli, whose departure from Milanello should be official sooner or later.

Without Pioli, who recently teased a Premier League switch, the Rossoneri have revealed that Daniele Bonera will be in charge of Friday's match against their league rivals, keen to claim success despite nothing riding on the game's outcome.

It was not the strongest ending to the season for Serie A's runners-up, whose eventual position was an upshot of Juventus' collapse in the second half of the campaign, with Milan claiming one topflight win in their final seven league games.

Sunday's exciting 3-3 draw against relegated Salernitana at San Siro pointed to a team already on the proverbial beach, as they twice lost two-goal leads at 2-0 and 3-1 in the tie.

Whether they put on a show in Australia is uncertain, even if results to close out the 2023-24 season indicate a slide in overall motivation.

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Team News

AS Roma's Edoardo Bove celebrates scoring their first goal with Tammy Abraham on May 11, 2023© Reuters

De Rossi's 22-player group does not include the Italy quartet of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gianluca Mancini, Bryan Cristante and Stephen El Shaarawy, who have been included in Luciano Spalletti's provisional squad for Euro 2024. Romelu Lukaku and Rui Patricio are also missing.

However, supporters in Perth will be excited to watch Paulo Dybala and possibly even Tammy Abraham following his recovery from a severe knee injury that sidelined him until April.

Despite their expected involvement for France at the Euros, Theo Hernandez and Olivier Giroud are in Bonera's squad for the friendly in Perth.

Rafael Leao and Christian Pulisic are notable absentees, with fans probably gutted that both forwards are missing Friday's match.

Roma possible starting lineup:
Svilar; Karsdorp, Smalling, Ndicka, Angelino; Bove, Tumminelli, Aouar; Dybala, Abraham, Azmoun

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Sportiello; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Adli, Reijnders; Musah, Loftus-Cheek, Okafor; Giroud

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We say: Roma 2-2 AC Milan

These clubs won one of their final five games in Serie A, and neither has any form of momentum heading into the post-season friendly.

With little on the line in Perth, we should see lots of entertainment at both ends, with both sides finding the back of the net in a high-scoring draw.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

1 England flag England21104
2 Denmark Denmark20202
3 Slovenia Slovenia20202
4 Serbia Serbia20111

Group D

1 Netherlands Netherlands21104
2 France France21104
3 Austria Austria21013
4 Poland Poland20020

Group E

1 Romania Romania21013
2 Belgium Belgium21013
3 Slovakia Slovakia21013
4 Ukraine Ukraine21013

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal22006
2 Turkey Turkey21013
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic20111
4 Georgia Georgia20111

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