Roma ready to ruin Golden Balls bow

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David Beckham is in for a bit of a shock this weekend.

While AC Milan and the Becks circus have been living it up in the balmy climes of Dubai, Italy has been gripped by the icy fingers of mid-winter.

All the major airports in northern Italy have been either shut down or worked on reduced capacity, for once, not due to a strike but a good dose of the white stuff.


The inclement weather gave the Rossoneri a good excuse to extend their stay in the Gulf region and will touchdown in the capital on Friday for what promises to be a warm welcome for Serie A’s newest recruit.

It’s AS Roma who await of course, and will Carlo Ancelotti throw David to the Lions - as we mix biblical references - on Sunday evening and, if he does, which side will benefit the most?

Word from the Giallorossi is that they can’t wait to get torn into 'Golden Balls' if he steps on to the Olympic Stadium turf.

Ancelotti will not want to give the opposition any sort of lift for what is a pivotal match for both sides so don’t be surprised if a 'diplomatic injury' comes into play which keeps Becks out of the starting line-up at least.

"Interesting kit you guys play in..."

Needless to say, neither side can afford to walk off the pitch without a positive result, but the encounter does have draw written all over it

It’s highly unlikely that will be the scoreline at the San Siro where Inter meet Cagliari. The league leaders have been braving the frigid temperatures and Jose Mourinho has been moping around, chomping at the bit to get started again.

The Nerazzurri should maintain their six-point lead at the top although it could well be 1-0 to the Inter (again).

Juventus will also have to ensure there is no post-holiday lethargy hanging around when they welcome Siena, who before the winter break had proved to be feisty competitors.

"BORRRING. Come on, they never have a winter break in England..."

Fiorentina shouldn’t catch a cold at home to Lecce and could well find themselves in third spot come Sunday, while Napoli have yet to lose at home this season but face Catania – a side that will do anything to gain a result.

That ball of testosterone, Walter Zenga has even employed a former banker, Gianni Vio to work on dead-ball situations. He is an author of a book on set-pieces and claims that he has devised nearly 5,000 ways to outfox the opposition.

Expect plenty of fireworks at the San Paolo then, and up and down the peninsula all weekend as we welcome back the crazy world of calcio.

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