Our football match prediction:
Arena Nationala will host Thursday’s football match between Astra and Roma. The Romanian outfit did well to beat Austria Wien at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, but they have yet to get their job done in the Europa League group stages. Marius Sumudica’s men are two points clear of third-placed Austria Wien, meaning that they need to go for a win in their last group game against the Giallorossi. Roma have already clinched top position in Group E, meaning that coach Luciano Spalletti is likely to mix the squad against Astra. The hosts want this win more than the Serie A outfit and that is the main reason why we predict that hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s encounter. Astra have defeated the likes of Austria Wien and Viktoria Plzen on the road in the Europa League this season and they are certainly capable of beating the Romans in front of home fans.
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 (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.