Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Sparkles will be flying when Milan and Lazio lock horns at Stadio San Siro in the Serie A derby. The Rossoneri quickly bounced back from a massive 5-1 loss to their local rivals AC Milan, with the team beating both Verona and Cagliari in the last two league matches and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash. Summer signing Noah Okafor should keep his place in the starting XI after opening his goal-scoring account in the midweek triumph, while all Rade Krunic, Mike Maignan, Mattia Caldara, Pierre Kalulu, and Ismael Bennacer remain in the recovery room.
Luka Jovic is a major doubt. The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, did well to beat Torino 2-0 in their last league match, with the team climbing to 12th place in the standings. Maurizio Sarri’s troops, are not regarded as good travellers and they are unlikely to spoil Milan’s party at Stadio San Siro. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up.
Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth.
Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.