Our match prediction:
Roma and Porto played out a 1-1 draw at Estadio do Dragao in the Champions League play-offs first leg, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards this time out. The ten-man Giallorossi were on the verge of beating Porto in the first leg, but the Dragons eventually scored the equalising goal from the penalty spot. Roma hammered Udinese in the opening match of the new Serie A campaign and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops in Tuesday’s football match. Over the years the Romans have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Edn Dzeko, who scored in the win over Udinese at the weekend, are likely to make life difficult for the opposition defender. Taking everything into account, we predict that Luciano Spalletti’s men are going to make it to the Champions League group stages.
Highligted Player (Florenzi):
Alessandro Florenzi is probably the most impressive product of AS Roma youth academy since Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, and the full-back has already developed into an important player for both club and country. Capable of operating as both right-back and right winger, the talented footballer is probably best remembered from scoring a marvellous goal from half-way line in the Champions League clash against Barcelona, but there is much more to him than an occasional wonder strike. While he usually played as a winger during his early career, Florenzi switched to attacking full-back at both Roma and Italy national team, and that proved a very good move for his career. While helping the Gialorossi return to old glory days, the right-back left his mark on international stage as well, especially impressing since Antonio Conte took over the reigns in the national team. Despite the fact that he has yet to realise his full potential, Florenzi already boasts an impressive top flight experience and he is predicted a bright future in the game.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma are a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football. The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend. “The Prince of Rome” made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.