Italy: Serie A
Match start: 18:00 (GMT+1)
With all due respect to all other grandees and favorites of Italian football, the central meeting of the forthcoming 13th round Serie A will become the cruelest and hardest Roman derby.
That will be the 149th meeting of Giallorossi and Biancocelesti in frames of all official tournaments (+53=57-38). And though, Roma has significant advantage in this historic battle (53 winnings against 38), Roma is extremely motivated before the new battle.
08.04.2013. Roma – Lazio – 1:1 (Totti – Hernanes);
22.09.2013. Roma – Lazio – 2:0 (Balzaretti, Ljajić);
11.01.2015. Roma – Lazio – 2:2 (Totti2 – Mauri, Ânderson);
08.11.2015. Roma – Lazio – 2:0 (Džeko, Gervais);
30.04.2017. Roma – Lazio – 1:3 (De Rossi – Keïta2, Basta).
Roma (the head coach Eusebio Di Francesco)
As we see, during the last match as for today when Roma was the host it has lost to the rival with a terrible score 1:3.
The second most important factor of today’s extreme motivation of the team of Eusebio Di Francesco is the high place that Lazio is taking at the Champions’ race. Earlier, it was Roma, that was always ahead:
Napoli – 32, Juventus – 31, Inter – 30, Lazio – 28, Roma – 27 …
Lazio (the head coach Simone Inzaghi)
For today Giallorossi and Biancocelesti has played one game less than the trio of leaders of the champions’ race. And that is why the winner of new Roman derby will become a real pretender for one of three Champions League’s positions.
On the contrary, the team that will lose the Roman derby will withdraw into the shadows, that is to the number of pretenders for participation in the next Europa league championship. But all knew that calcio has disrespectful attitude towards this tournament.
According to the status of nominal host the team of Eusebio Di Francesco is considered to be the favorite of the forthcoming battle. But this time bookmakers are not graceful towards Giallorossi:
Roma – 2.30, draw – 3.50, Lazio – 2.90;
The starting line-up of Roma has suffered from the loss of a football players from Belgium Radja Nainggolan. This loss has made the team of Simone Inzaghi a definite favorite.
Lazio to win or draw (Asian Handicap +0.5) - odds 1.68 Pinnacle