Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stadio San Paolo when Napoli and Roma square off against each other in the Serie A derby. The Neapolitans suffered a shocking defeat to Atalanta in their last league game and they are desperate to start a new winning run in the national championship. Maurizio Sarri’s charges have been producing thrilling displays at home this season and seeing that the Italian tactician can count on all of his key players for the Roma clash, we predict that the Partenopei are going to find the net in Saturday’s football match. The Romans, on the other hand, defeated Inter 2-1 on Matchday 7 and considering that the capital club are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, a high-scoring affair appears on the cards this time out. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Arkadiusz Milik, who has netted seven goals in all competitions so far this season.
Highlighted Player (Vlad Chiriches):
Vlad Iulian Chriches had an unusual path to the biggest stage, spending some time at the Benfica youth academy before returning to Romania to start his professional career at International. The central defender arrived to Steaua Bucuresti via Pandurii Targu Jiu and he needed just a year and a half to secure a big club move. After snubbing a number of offers from Italian Serie A, Chiriches joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, becoming Steaua’s record transfer in the process. However, the Romania international did not enjoy the best of starts to his career in England and he was sold to Napoli after two somewhat disappointing seasons at White Hart Lane. Chiriches has struggled for playing time at Stadio San Paolo as well, and he will probably need to play on regular basis if he is to realise his full potential. Meanwhile, the powerful defender remains an important member of the Romania national team, having earned more than 40 caps for the Tricolorii since making his debut in 2011.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma are 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 Rome” made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.