Roma vs. Milan: Preview and TV Schedule

best photo ever. - Claudio Villa

Two of Serie's most in-form sides meet on Friday, kicking off Round 35. Someone's extended winning streak is going to come to a screeching halt. But whose?

In one corner we have Roma, the hosts of the footballing festivities. Since losing to Napoli back at the beginning of March, the giallorossi have won eight straight, including last week's hard-fought battle against fourth-placed Fiorentina. They've still got a chance at the scudetto, sitting eight games back of Juventus, so they'll be prepared to fight for all three points - but if the points don't come, there's likely few tears that will be shed. After all, Roma are working with a patched together defense, they're without one of their most solid midfielders and their top scorer is still suspended. Besides, they've already clinched their spot in the group stages of next season's Champions League.

In the opposite corner, up steps Milan. This is a side that no one thought would come anywhere close to Europe, but after five straight wins, they're sitting just behind sixth, even on points with Parma. Even more impressively, Clarence Seedorf has managed to tighten up what had previously been one of the most laughable defenses in the league - all while still using Philippe Mexès at centerback. Less impressively, Milan's last four wins have come against sides in the bottom quarter of the table.

Projected Lineups

AS Roma (4-3-3): Morgan De Sanctis; Dodô, Leandro Castán, Rafael Tolói, Maicon; Miralem Pjanić, Daniele De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan; Adem Ljajić, Francesco Totti, Gervinho

AC Milan (4-3-3): Christian Abbiati; Kévin Constant, Philippe Mexès, Adil Rami, Ignazio Abate; Riccardo Montolivo, Kakà, Sulley Muntari; Robinho, Mario Balotelli, Adel Taarabt

Roma injuries and suspensions

Federico Balzaretti, Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Strootman (injured); Mattia Destro (suspended)

Milan injuries and suspensions

Valter Birsa, Bryan Cristante (injured); Nigel de Jong (suspended)

Match Date / Time

Friday, April 25 at 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue

Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Watch

TV: Premium Calcio, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy); BT Sport 1 (UK); beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español, RAI Internazionale (USA and Canada)

Online: beIN Sports Play (USA and Canada)

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