Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Napoli and Roma face each other at Stadio San Paolo in the Derby del Sole on Matchday 30. The Neapolitans aim to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Atalanta, but seeing that they have already booked their place in the Europa League through Coppa Italia, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Allan (injury) is the only absentee in the home team. Roma, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Udinese at their Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening, and, to make things even worse for boss Paulo Fonseca, midfielder Diego Perroti was sent off after 29 minutes.
Perrotti misses the Napoli game through suspension, but Pellegrin and Veretout are back to contention after serving their bans against Milan. The Giallorossi aim to cement their spot in top five, and seeing that Napoli have little to play for in the season finale, away win should be considered. Napoli first-choice goalkeeper Davide Ospina misses the game with injury.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
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.