Preview: Lazio vs Roma – prediction, team news, lineups
The Eternal City, rival of Lazio and Rome, will meet at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night when the Derby della Capitale takes center stage in the sixth round of the Serie A season. Lazio vs Roma stream, Lazio vs Roma live stream, Lazio vs Roma h2h, Lazio vs Roma where to watch.
While the nominal ‘local’ squad has faltered in recent weeks, his Giallorossi counterparts are flying high under the leadership of José Mourinho, who pits his wits against former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri this weekend.
As one of the closest matches in all of Calcio, the Rome Derby traditionally hosts intense displays of love and hate from fans on both sides of the capital’s division. For this reason, the long-awaited return of the fans for the big occasion will be very well received on Sunday, after last year’s sterile closed-door derbies.
The two teams shared a win each amid an Olimpico that echoed last season (Lazio’s 3-0 was offset by Roma’s 2-0 win in May), but a lot has changed in both sides since then.
In Roma, the inimitable presence of José Mourinho has helped the inconsistent Giallorossi become a winning machine, with only one loss in the league and in Europe so far exceeded by a total of seven competitive victories.
His last three-point shot came at Udinese’s expense on Thursday night, when Mourinho’s men emerged 1-0 winners from a close encounter, as Tammy Abraham’s close-range shot proved to be enough to beat the Luca Gotti’s visitor challenge.
That followed Roma’s first setback of the season, a 3-2 loss to Verona, when they blew a second-half lead, but turning things around just days later extended their winning streak at home in Serie A to seven. games – their best streak since 2017. Not only that, but they’ve also scored in each of their last nine league games and look particularly skilled in the final third.
While the beginning of Mourinho’s life in the capital could hardly have been better, a truer test of his credentials as Roma’s savior will take place on Sunday as he embarks on his first Derby della Capitale without the services of inspiring captain Lorenzo Pellegrini. , who will bitterly regret his late dismissal against Udinese.
Prior to the 155th Rome Derby in Serie A history, Lazio may have recorded just 39 wins to Roma’s 55, but remain undefeated in their last four league derbies as ‘hosts’.
Furthermore, Aquile are undefeated in their last 15 home games in the Italian top-flight; a fact that can help confidence in the camp after a difficult period in recent times.
Having been appointed to succeed the popular Simone Inzaghi in the summer, Maurizio Sarri and his team have asked for time to incorporate their famous tactical principles, which will review the way Lazio has operated over the last few years, often successful. However, patience will wear thin if the results don’t improve.
On Thursday, Sarri’s team faced a Torino team seeking a third win in a row and were ultimately lucky to escape with a point, as Pepe Reina was by far the busiest goalkeeper in a game they saved in under Ciro Immobile’s penalty in injury time against his former club.
In all, Lazio have now failed to win any of their last four games, with losses to Milan and Galatasaray followed by last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 home draw with Cagliari, in which they needed a goal from Danilo Cataldi in minute 83 to rescue. them after the first Immobile match was canceled by the Sardinians.
The Euro 2020 winning forward also scored in the first Derby last season, having jumped the opposition’s wayward defensive line on several occasions, but will surely find his task more difficult this time in the face of a resurgence from Roma.
While midfielder Mattia Zaccagni’s recent hip injury will see him miss the next few games and substitute striker Bobby Adekanye (knee) is also unavailable, Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has a full hand to choose from ahead of his first Derby. from Rome.
Sarri himself will return to the touchline after an angry disagreement with several Milan players that previously saw him suspended for two games as his team took to the field in their favorite 4-3-3 formation.
Ciro Immobile, Pedro, and Felipe Anderson should form the biancocelesti’s offensive trident, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, and Manuel Lazzari return to the first eleven after starting on the bench in Turin.
Lazio possible starting lineup:
Reina; Lazzari, Felipe, Acerbi, Hysaj; Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva; Pedro, Immobile, Anderson
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling, Calafiori; Veretout, Cristante; El Shaarawy, Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo; Abraham