Roma - Lazio Preview: Giallorossi look to exact revenge in city derby
Luis Enrique's men will be hoping to avenge a loss to the Biancocelesti earlier in the season when the bitter rivals lock horns in the Derby della Capitale on Sunday
By Max De Luca
Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Marquinho, De Rossi, Pjanic
Diakite, Biava, Dias, Scaloni
Gonzalez, Hernanes, Mauri
Pablo Osvaldo, Marco Cassetti and Fernando Gago are all suspended and will miss the crunch clash for Roma at the weekend. Erik Lamela will likely replace Osvaldo up front to partner Fabio Borini in attack.
There is some good news coming out of Trigoria as Francesco Totti returned to training after injuring his foot during a practice game on Wednesday. The Giallorossi feared that he might miss the match because of the knock but the captain is certain to feature on Sunday.
Edy Reja is still the coach of Lazio after his resignation was rejected by club president Claudio Lotito last week. The 66-year-old will have to tinker with his back line as Stefan Radu, Abdoulay Konko and Luciano Zauri are all sidelined.
Influential veterans Cristian Brocchi and Tommaso Rocchi will also miss the match but Stefano Mauri, who returned last weekend after a long injury lay-off, is available for selection.
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- Roma are unbeaten in their last seven matches at the Stadio Olimpico, outscoring their opponents 16-4 during that span.
- The Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last 13 derby matches when they are the 'home' team (W8 D5).
- Luis Enrique's men have picked up only two victories in their last seven games (W2 D2 L3).
- Roma have scored 15 goals in their last five encounters at home.
- Lazio have conceded 10 goals in their last four Serie A contests.
- The Biancocelesti have only secured one win in their last five games on the road.
- Reja's men have won seven matches by a one-goal margin this season.
- Lazio have been outscored 14-7 in their last five encounters away from home.
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Top 3 Predictions
Roma 3-0 Lazio
- 12.85 %
Roma 1-2 Lazio
- 11.47 %
Roma 2-1 Lazio
- 11.12 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 9, 2014||Lazio 0 - Roma 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 22, 2013||Roma 2 - Lazio 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||May 26, 2013||Roma 0 - Lazio 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 8, 2013||Roma 1 - Lazio 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 11, 2012||Lazio 3 - Roma 2|
|Mar 1, 2014||Roma 0 - FC Internazionale 0||ITA1|
|Feb 22, 2014||Bologna 0 - Roma 1||ITA1|
|Feb 16, 2014||Roma 3 - Sampdoria 0||ITA1|
|Feb 12, 2014||SSC Napoli 3 - Roma 0||ITAC|
|Feb 9, 2014||Lazio 0 - Roma 0||ITA1|
|16||Daniele De Rossi||Midfielder|
|30||Fabio Henrique Simplicio||Midfielder|
The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Giallorossi this season and made his debut for Italy in the 1-0 loss to the USA on Wednesday. The striker has scored seven goals this term, with four coming in the last five games, and Luis Enrique will count on him to provide the firepower up front in the absence of Pablo Osvaldo.
The Germany international has been one of the pleasant surprises of the Serie A season since his move from Bayern Munich in the summer. The veteran striker has found the back of the net 13 times in the league this term and scored at the death to hand Lazio a memorable victory over their city rivals in the first Rome derby of the season.
The form book can be thrown out of the window when bitter rivals lock horns and Luis Enrique’s men will do just enough to avenge their loss to the Biancocelesti earlier this season.