Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Roma and Parma go head to head in a highly-anticipated game at Stadio Olimpico on dya 8 of the new Serie A campaign. The Giallorossi are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. The hosts, though, are hit by coronavirus, with the likes of Pellegrini, Kumbulla, Santon, Dzeko, Boer, and Fazio being tested positive.
Zaniolo and Pastore are both sidelined with injury, while Mirante, Carles Perez, and Spinazzola are rated doubtful. The Gli Emiliani, on the other hand, shared the spoils with the likes of Spezia, Inter, and Fiorentina in the previous three league fixtures. Parma are not regarded as good travellers, and even though the capital club head into Sunday’s clash with a severely-weakened squad, home win should be considered. Mihaila, Busi, and Cornelius are all out of contention through injury for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million.
Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015.
Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
Highlighted Team (Parma):
Founded in 1913, Parma is considered one of the most famous Italian clubs. The Gialloblu play home games in white shirts with a dark blue cross and dark blue shorts. Speaking of their away colours, Parma footballers wear yellow-blue kits on the travels. Parma have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but they did well to lift the UEFA Cup trophy on two occasions (1994/1995, 1998/1999).
To make things even better for Parma fans, the Gialloblu won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1992/1993 season, with the team beating Royal Antwerp in the title game 3-1. A number of top-class footballers played for Parma in the past: Hernan Crespo, Roberto Mancini, Juan Veron, Roberto Mancini, Dino Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
The Gialloblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Ennio Tardini, which was opened in 1923. The venue can hold up to 27,906 spectators. Bologna are considered Parma’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two sides.