Our match prediction:
After coming from behind to beat Sampdoria in Sunday’s Serie A game, Roma will be looking to kick off their Europa League campaign with a victory over Viktoria Plzen. The Romans failed to eliminate Porto in the Champions League play-offs, but they are certainly capable of beating the Czech outfit in Thursday’s football match at Doosan Arena. Francesco Totti scored the winner for Roma against Sampdoria and there is every chance the Italian veteran is going to return to the starting line-up. Plzen head into the game following back-to-back wins over Slavia Prague and Slovan Liberec, but the Serie A team are going to pose a much bigger threat for the Czechs than their previous rivals. Edin Dzeko came as a substitute and scored in the 3-2 win over Sampdoria and the Bosnian striker is likely to lead the line for the Romans this time out. Taking everything into account, we predict that Roma are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match.
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.