Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Roma will be aiming to book their place in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals when they take on Genoa at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening. The Giallorossi showed character in their last league match, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with Milan, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Genoa. Georginio Wijnaldum remains in the recovery room, while both Nemanja Matic and Stephan El Shaarawy are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
Meanwhile, the Rossoblu are fighting tooth and nail to return to the Serie A. Since Genoa’s main goal is to secure automatic promotion to the Italian top flight, we are tempted to put our money on Roma, who want to save the season by going all the way in the Coppa Italia. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Rome.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac.
In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction.
Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
Highlighted Team (Genoa):
Genoa Football Club is an Italian football club founded in 1893 and is the oldest Italian football club in the nation. The club plays its home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which holds a capacity of 41 000 seats. Genoa FC shares the stadium with their rival UC Sampdoria. The club colors of Genoa are Red and Blue. Genoa FC is also known as Grifoni.
Genoa FC has a very rich football history. The club won the Serie A in 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1915, 1923 and 1924.Since 1924 the club didn’t won any major prizes. Like almost every football club in Italy the Genoa FC history has it’s black pages as well. Important players in the history of Genoa FC are: Gilardino, Toni and Hernan Crespo.