Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Roma and Milan square off against each other at Stadio Olimpico on Monday evening. The two teams are level on points in the Serie A standings, meaning that a close encounter appears on the horizon. Roma coach Luciano Spalletti rested his first-team regulars in Thursday’s Europa League game against Astra, but he will surely field the best possible side against Milan. The Romans are desperate to win Scudetto and we predict that the capital club will adopt an attack-minded approach in the derby. The Rossoneri have been producing thrilling showings under former Roma ace Vincenzo Montella and the visitors are likely to extend their goal-scoring run in the national championship. In each of last three meetings between the two teams in the Serie A both teams found the net and, taking everything into account, both Roma and Milan should score in Monday’s football clash.
Highlighted Player (Maicon):
Maicon Douglas Sisenando was born in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil on 26 July, 1981. The powerful full back started his senior career at Cruzeiro and in 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. After making 58 league appearances for les Rouges et Blancs he signed a five-year contract with Inter in 2006 and he won four Serie A trophies with the Nerazzurri. In the 2009/2010 he participated in the Champions League final and he helped the Italian outfit beat Bayern Munich in the title game. On 31 August, 2012 Maicon moved to England, signing a deal with Manchester City, but he made no more than nine league appearances for the Citizens in the 2012/2013 season. On 18 July, 2013 the Brazilian footballer returned to Italy as Man City allowed him to join AS Roma on a free transfer. He made 28 appearances for the Giallorossi in the 2013/2014 Serie A campaign, with the capital club finishing the season in second place in the standings. Maicon has 76 caps for Brazilian national team.
Highlighted Team (AC Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies. Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina. Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks). The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.