Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Salernitana and Roma go head to head at Stadio Arechi in the opening match of the season. Thanks to brilliant displays in the last season finale Salernitana managed to secure the elite division survival, and they are on the same quest in the new domestic campaign. I Granata, though, suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Parma in their Coppa Italia opener, and, as a result, the bookies see them as underdogs in Sunday’s clash. Defender Matteo Lovato should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Giallorossi, on the other hand, did well to sign the likes of Nemanja Matic, Georginio Wijnaldum, Zeki Celik, and Paulo Dybala in the summer transfer window, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on Jose Mourinho’s troops. The Special One should have a full squad to choose from except for midfielder Ebrima Darboe, who misses out with a knee injury.
Highlighted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age.
Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment.
Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
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.