Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Stadio Olimpico will host Sunday’s Serie A derby between AS Roma and Juventus. The Giallorossi are eager to stay in the Champions League berth, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the capital club. Key attacker Tammy Abraham has overcome his injury, and the former Chelsea man is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Chris Smalling is back from suspension, while Ebrima Darboe remains on the sidelines with injury.
The Bianconeri, on the other hand, are eager to move closer to the Champions League berth. Max Allegri’s troops have been in a fine form of late, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s encounter. Manuel Locatelli is back from suspension, while all Milik, Miretti, Peeters, and Kaio Jorge continue to miss out through injuries. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the horizon as Roma are tough to beat in the “Eternal City”.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Belotti):
Andrea Belotti began his youth career at Grumellese at the age of 10 and after spending three years at the club, he joined Albinolefe in 2006. As expected, he made his senior debut for the club on 10 March, 2012 and it has to be noted that the Italian striker scored 14 goals in 37 league appearances for the Seriani. Belotti, who was born on 20 December, 1993, joined Palermo on loan in 2013 and in July, 2014 the Sicilian outfit turned his loan move to a co-ownership.
The Italian attacker scored 16 goals for Palermo in 62 league appearances for the club and on 18 August, 2015 he signed a deal with Torino for a fee of €7.5 million.
Three months later he scored first goal in the Italian top flight for Torino and he helped the team record a 2-0 win over Bologna. Andrea Belotti has 18 caps for Italy U21 and he scored nine goals for the team.
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.