Roma vs Lazio: Match Preview
Lazio take on Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in the Derby della Capitale, Lazio and Rome drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season: the last time the biancocelesti were undefeated in both Serie A Derby games dates back to the 2012/13 tournament, under the guidance of Vladimir Petkovic.
Joaquin Correa is the most notable concern for Laziali, the Argentinian left the training field on Wednesday with a potential aggravation to his calf injury after playing 30 minutes against Napoli. Acerbi and Radu are one yellow card away from suspension.
Roma go into the fixture having lost back to back home defeats in Serie A: the Giallorossi have not lost at least three consecutive home games in the competition since April 2005, Spiel
Edin Dzeko could equal Dino Da Costa (71 goals) in Roma’s all time scoring list (8th place) if he is to score in the Derby.
Amadou Diawara has been ruled out for at least a month after what initially looks like damage to the midfielders meniscus. Lorenzo Pellegrini on the other hand is one booking away from a suspension.
Form: Roma (W,L,L,W,W) Lazio (W,W,W,W,W)
Last Season: 3-1
Roma vs Lazio: Expected Lineups
Roma: Lopez; Kolarov, Smalling, Mancini, Spinazzola; Veretout, Cristante; Kluivert, Pellegrini, Under; Dzeko.
Roma vs Lazio: One to Watch
Ciro Immobile: having scored 23 goals in 19 appearances in Serie A this season, the striker will be eager to gain redemption for his penalty miss in mid-week against Napoli. Scoring against rivals in the Derby offers no better place to do so.
Roma vs Lazio: Top Tip
This Derby has seen 24 red cards since 2000, with both teams needing the victory to cement their places in Champions League positions for next season expect a fiery affair.
Roma vs Lazio: Prediction
All derbies can be difficult to predict and often come down to who wants it more on the day, with Lazio crashing out of the Coppa Italia midweek under the circumstances I am expecting Inzaghi to have the squad fired up and am expecting a quick start.
Let’s hope emotions don’t boil over and the occasion get the better of our players, this has happened historically with Radu.
Prediction: Roma 1-2 Lazio
Let me just leave this one here below for you to digest…Lazio have achieved 11 consecutive victories in Serie A: all the four previous teams who have achieved at least 12 victories in a row in a single championship then won the Scudetto (Inter in 2006/07 and Juventus in 2013/14 , 2015/16 and 2017/18).