Our football match prediction:
Stadio San Siro will host Saturday’s football match between two old rivals Milan and Juventus. The Bianconeri are eager to defend their Serie A trophy and they kicked off the new campaign in style. Max Allegri’s troops have picked up 21 points from possible 24 in the Italian top flight this term, but the clash against Milan will be anything but a walk in the park for the reigning champions. The Rossoneri recorded four wins in previous five league fixtures and it has to be noted that they have been scoring goals for fun in the Serie A of late. Juve are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s derby and seeing that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon impressed in the Champions League win over Lyon in midweek, we would not be surprised if the Bianconeri managed to keep a clean sheet in the Stadio San Siro showdown. Taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali. He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan. He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 Copa America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past. The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.