Our prediction for this Serie A match:
There will be fireworks when Roma and Milan square off against each other at Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A derby on Friday evening. The Giallorossi aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Verona, but they face a tough challenge against the Rossoneri. Summer signing Houssem Aouar is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute at the weekend, while all Tammy Abraham, Marash Kumbulla, and Renato Sanches are out of contention with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, kicked off the new Serie A campaign with back-to-back wins over Bologna and Torino, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the “Eternal City”. Since both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Serie A derby, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Midfielder Ismael Bennacer is out of contention with a knee injury, but he should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Rade Krunic):
Rade Krunic is a product of Sutjeska Foca youth football school. The Bosnia international was born in Foca on October 7, 1993 and 19 years later he made his senior debut with his hometown club Sutjeska.
After scoring three goals in 15 appearances for the Bosnian club, the Bosnian midfielder moved to Serbian side Donji Srem in 2013. In 2014 he signed a contract with Italian side Hellas Verona, but he was immediately loaned back to Donji Srem. In 2015 Rade Krunic made 13 appearances for Serbian side Borac Cacak before joining yet another Italian team Empoli.
He has been playing for the Azzurri ever since and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Serie A side in a 2-0 win over Genoa in October, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Krunic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in a friendly against Denmark on June 3, 2016. He has 8 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma is 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 Rom made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.