Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Stadio Olimpico pits together Roma and Plzen. The Romans aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Atalanta and they will certainly go all guns blazing at Viktoria Plzen in their last home game in the Europa League group stages. The Giallorossi are one point away from booking their place in the knockout stages, but they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. As before, Luciano Spalletti will mix the squad for the Europa League game, but seeing that Viktoria Plzen have yet to record a win in Group E, we predict that the Serie A team will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s game in the “Eternal City”. Roma impressed in a 4-2 win over Austria Wien and they are widely expected to roll over Plzen at their Stadio Olimpico. Stephan El Shaarawy is likely to return to the starting line-up and he should pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (De Rossi):
Daniele De Rossi is one of the most impressive products of Roma’s youth academy. De Rossi played as a striker at the start of his career, but he has since developed into one of world’s leading holding midfielders. The Italian footballer plays as a centre back as well and he has been a part of Roma since 2001. De Rossi was born on 24 July, 1983 in the capital of Italy and he has 16 caps for Italy U21 team. The Roma midfielder won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy as they defeated France in the title game. De Rossi is well known for his tackling, vision, brilliant passing and awareness and he is capable of reading the game. The Italian footballer made 24 appearances for Roma in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign and he represented Italy at the 2016 European Championship finals. However, the Azzurri failed to record a good result at the tournament in France as they were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.
Highlighted Team (Viktoria Plzen):
Despite being founded in 1911, Viktoria Plzen only won their first Czech First League trophy in 2011, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Sparta Prague. The Viktorka continued to play an important role in Czech football and five years later they clinched their fourth domestic trophy. Plzen impressed in the 2015/2016 Czech First League, finishing the season seven points above second-placed Sparta Prague. In the 2009/2010 season the team won their first ever Czech Cup trophy, beating Jablonec in the title game. The Viktorka participated in the 2013/2014 Champions League group stages, but they failed to record a good result in the elite competition, picking up just three from possible 18 points in Group D. Doosan Arena is the home ground of Viktoria Plzen and the capacity of the stadium is 11 700. The venue was opened in 1955 and it was renovated twice (2003 and 2011). The likes of Miroslav Koubek, Pavel Vrba, Michal Bilek, Zdenek Michalek, Jaroslav Dockal, Milan Sip and Antonin Dvorak are some of the notable footballers who player for the club in the past.