Stadium: Olimpico (Rome)
Referee: Davide Massa
Lazio sacrificed the Conference League, losing to AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands and leaving the tournament. Now they have no margin for error in the derby against Roma. Will the Biancocelesti be able to prevent it? It should be noted that Lazio have won three of the four previous Roman derbies in which they were the formal home team.Get Your Sign-Up Bonus!
Maurizio Sarri sent out half a reserve squad for the return leg against AZ Alkmaar. Bashic, Cancilleri, Gila, and Pellegrini were among those who took to the pitch. Milinkovic-Savic and Caccagni played only 58 minutes each. Naturally, such a serious rotation influenced the final result. Lazio lost 1:2 and dropped out of the tournament. Thus, Biancocelesti showed that the national championship is their priority.
And in Serie A, it should be noted Lazio is doing well. Although on the previous matchday, the Romans failed to beat Bologna 0:0 away, they had scored three straight away wins, including a 1:0 win over Napoli. Third place, currently occupied by Lazio, shows that the team is doing well throughout the season.
The team also had a European Cup game on Thursday. But Roma is in a more severe tournament than Lazio in the Europa League and is approaching it with all seriousness. So after a 2:0 home win in the away game against Spanish Real Sociedad, the Romans fielded a competitive squad (0:0). Roma reached the tournament's quarterfinals and is one step closer to winning the Europa League this season after last year's victory in the Conference League.
In connection with the European Cup battles, the match of the previous round of the Italian championship against Sassuolo was secondary for Roma, and they lost it safely - 3:4. The Romans conceded two goals. Then they were left in the minority, and although they fought heroically for the points till the end, in the end they lost. The Giallorossi are now fifth in the Serie A standings but only one point behind the top four.
Expert Betting Tips
Since 2017, there hasn't been a case where the same team has picked up both Rome derbies in the same championship. So in the upcoming game, Roma should be considered the favorite. In general, Mourinho's team looks more solid than Lazio, who, in addition, will once again be unable to rely on Ciro Immobile, which means that they could have serious attacking problems against the excellent defense of the Giallorossi. Roma also needs points more than Lazio, given that the Red and Yellow dropped out of the top four after losing to Sassuolo in the previous round.
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