Stadium: Olimpico (Rome)
The derby in Rome is the main match in European soccer this Sunday. Who to bet on, the Giallorossi or the Biancocelesti? There are several options for the first derby in the career of Maurizio Sarri and José Mourinho.
Lazio winless for 4 matches
The old story: as soon as the European Cups begin and the schedule becomes tighter, the team begins to have problems. It was the same under Simone Inzaghi, and it stays like that under Maurizio Sarri. Lazio is a club with limited human resources and simply can't act effectively at such a hectic pace. We should keep that in mind.
The Biancocelesti are approaching the Roman derby with a four-match winless streak. First, Lazio got a 0-2 away defeat to AC Milan, then they lost 0-1 to the Turkish Galatasaray in the Europa League. Last weekend, they failed to defeat Cagliari at home (2-2). And on Thursday, the team somehow escaped loss to Torino in an away match (1-1). Four games in 11 days and not a single win. Typical Lazio.
Roma is doing fine
The Giallorossi have a tougher schedule than Lazio, but Mourinho's team is doing very well. Four wins and only one loss in the championship. Roma has a stronger squad, but not only that, the Giallorossi are playing in a less difficult European competition. Lazio started in the Europa League group with Galatasaray, and Roma began their way to the Conference League group with a match against CSKA Sofia.
In midweek, the Wolves beat Udinese 1-0 at home after an away loss to Verona 2-3 (and it was the only one this season). Five rounds played, Roma is 4th in the Serie A standings with 12 points.
Injuries and suspensions
- Lazio: Bobby Adekanye is out. Mattia Zaccagni is questionable;
- Roma: Leonardo Spinazzola is out. Tammy Abraham, Matías Viña are questionable.
The opponents exchanged home wins last season. The season before saw both encounters end in a 1-1 draw.
Expert Betting Tips
Needless to say, the upcoming game is important for both teams. It's clear that the Giallorossi and the Biancocelesti will go out of their way to outplay their eternal enemy. A draw seems very likely here. Roma may be stronger right now, but Lazio can't afford to lose after drawing with Torino and Cagliari.
Prediction: a draw.
- X for 3.43;
- X+TU (2.5) for 4.80;
- Correct Score 1-1 for 6.60.