Where: Olimpico, Rome, ItalyWhen: November 12, Sunday, 6 pm CET
The big Rome derby is arguably the most intense game in Italy. The fans hate one another, and we often see that relationship reflecting the pitch and increasing tensions between the players. Neither of the two units has started the campaign as planned, which is why this game carries such a high significance. A win here would most definitely erase all the poor results and create massive momentum, and that’s why both teams aim for nothing less than three points.
Lazio vs. Roma Preview
The Eagles had a very rough start to the campaign, and at one point, we thought they stabilized, which really wasn’t the case. The Sky Blues recorded three victories in a row, before losing twice in three games.
At first, we saw them falling to Feyenoord on the road, 3-1 in the Champions League. The next was a victory over Fiorentina, 1-0, and the most recent contest Lazio had was in Bologna, where they suffered a 1-0 loss.
The inconsistency is the biggest problem for this team. Lazio can’t catch the positive rhythm, so it’s no wonder to see mixed results in their near past.
Il Lupi had a nasty and demanding challenge against Lecce. In the end, Mourinho’s crew defeated the formidable host, 2-1, following a drama in the closing moments of the contest.
Lecce was up, but Azmoun in 90+1 and Lukaku three minutes later flipped the result in no time, causing an explosion at Olimpico and building up a huge swing before the big derby. This isn’t the first time Roma has performed such comebacks, and we can say that under Mourinho, they became a unit with a fighting mentality.
Il Lupi is in solid form, winning six of the recent seven games, counting the two Europa League challenges. The only loss was in Milan against Inter two weeks ago, 1-0.
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Lazio and Roma Possible Lineups
Lazio: Provedel; Lazzari, Patric, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Guendouzi, Rovella, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni
Roma: Patricio; Mancini, Llorente, Ndicka; Karsdorp, Bove, Cristante, Aouar, El Shaarawy; Dybala, Lukaku
Lazio vs. Roma Head to Head
The Eagles defeated Roma on both occasions last season, winning 1-0 both when they played as hosts and as guests. Of course, these two clubs share Olimpico, and there is no home-field edge.
Lazio vs Roma Predictions
Mourinho’s approach in big games is very tactical, and he always comes up with some sort of a rigid game plan. Lazio’s form isn’t good at all, and we can say that Roma looks better, yet we won’t pick Il Lupi here, but go with under 2.5 goals. The reason for that is Mourinho and what we just said earlier. He simply loves playing tough football in derbies.
Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals
Lazio versus Roma Odds
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