Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when the two fierce local rivals Lazio and Roma face each other at Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals. The Biancocelesti aim to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Empoli and Udinese, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against fellow capital club. Lazio are eyeing their seventh Italian Cup trophy and seeing that they have been in a fine form in 2017, we predict that the “hosts” will find the net in the first leg. The Giallorossi, on the other hand, clinched their last Coppa Italia title back in 2008 and, no doubt, coach Luciano Spalletti is going to field the best possible side in the Rome derby. When the two bitter rivals face each other a high-scoring affair is guaranteed and, taking everything into account, both sides are likely to find the net in Wednesday’s showdown.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Radu):
Stefan Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays for Serie A team Lazio as a left back. Radu is capable of playing as a centre back and a left midfielder if needed, but his main position is left back. After spending four years at his home-town club Dinamo Bucharest (2004-2008), the Romanian footballer joined Lazio in January 2008 and he has been playing for the Biancocelesti ever since. Stefan Radu make his Lazio debut against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia clash shortly after joining the capital club. On 17 June, 2011 Radu signed a new five-year deal with Lazio. Speaking of his international career, the former Dinamo Bucharest defender made his Romania debut in 2006. Radu made Romania Euro 2008 squad, but he did not play for the national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Lazio footballer won two Coppa Italia trophies with the Stadio Olimpico outfit (2008/2009, 2012/2013). Radu was born in Bucharest on 22 October, 1986.
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.