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Coppa Italia

  • May 26, 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: D. Orsato
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Roma-Lazio Preview: Coppa Italia derby thriller awaits

Roma-Lazio Preview: Coppa Italia derby thriller awaits

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With a Europa League spot on the line for the winner of Sunday's contest, the third Derby della Capitale of the season has all the makings of a classic

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ROMA


Lobont
Marquinhos, Burdisso, Castan, B'ztti
De Rossi, Bradley
Lamela, Totti, Pjanic,
Osvaldo
LAZIO


Marchetti
Konko, Biava, Dias, Radu
Ledesma,
Mauri, Hernanes, Onazi, Lulic
Klose

They will hate to admit it, but Rome's two footballing tenants have never been closer.

Roma and Lazio head into Sunday's Coppa Italia final on the back of a Serie A season that has seen them finish within just a point of one another in the league table.

Aurelio Andreazzoli's Giallorossi took sixth spot on 62 points, with Vladimir Petkovic's men finishing in seventh and with neither side able to secure European football by way of their efforts in the league, the cup final has an added importance.

Along with local bragging rights, a Europa League spot is up for grabs for the winners of Sunday's clash, while Roma will be spurred on further in their quest to lift the trophy for a record 10th time.

The Giallorossi are able to boast a clean bill of health heading into the game, while Lazio are without Christian Brocchi and Mauro Zarate through injury - though Alvaro Gonzalez should be fit to make the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Lazio's last 10 Coppa Italia games.
  • The Biancocelesti have won two of their last six matches.
  • Vladimir Petkovic's men have taken four points from their two encounters against Roma this season, winning 3-2 last November and drawing 1-1 in April.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of Roma's last six games in the Coppa Italia.
  • This is the first time Roma and Lazio have faced one another in a Coppa Italia final.
  • Roma can become the first team in history to win 10 Coppa Italia titles.
  • Sunday's clash falls on the same day as the election to instate the new mayor of Rome.

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Last Five Matches
Roma
Jul 30, 2014Real Madrid CF 0 - Roma 1ICC
Jul 26, 2014Man Utd. 3 - Roma 2ICC
Jul 24, 2014Liverpool 0 - Roma 1FR
May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
Lazio
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 10, 2014FC Internazionale 4 - Lazio 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Lazio 3 - Hellas Verona 3ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Livorno 0 - Lazio 2ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Lazio 3 - Torino 3ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
5Leandro CastánDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7MarquinhoMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
22Mattia DestroStriker
-M. GoicoecheaGoalkeeper
55Tomas ŠvedkauskasGoalkeeper
-Iván Rodrigo PirisDefender
-DodôDefender
46Alessio RomagnoliDefender
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
24Alessandro FlorenziMidfielder
77Panagiotis TachtsidisMidfielder
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
17N. LópezStriker
22Federico MarchettiGoalkeeper
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
29Abdoulay KonkoDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
-HernanesMidfielder
19Senad LulicMidfielder
23Ogenyi OnaziMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
27Lorik CanaMidfielder
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
11Miroslav KloseStriker
53Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
95Thomas StrakoshaGoalkeeper
2Michael CianiDefender
3Andrè DiasDefender
33Marius StankeviciusDefender
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
17Bruno PereirinhaMidfielder
10EdersonMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
99Sergio FloccariStriker
-Luca CreccoStriker
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Suspension meant the Roma legend missed the club's final league game of the season - a 2-1 win over Napoli - and even at the grand age of 36 the forward's return will be a welcome one.

The club captain has already lifted the Coppa Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008, and in what will be an intense encounter, his experience will be massive.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Another veteran enjoying something of an Indian footballing summer, Miroslav Klose continues to be Lazio's talisman.

The 34-year-old has struck 15 times in 29 Serie A appearances this season - including five in one astonishing display against Bologna earlier this month - and his eye for goal could well decide this clash.
Prediction
Roma may well have finished a point and a place better off than Lazio in Serie A, but it is the Biancocelesti who have fared better in the head-to-head clashes between the sides this season.

Add to that the unsettling rumours of AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri potentially taking over the Giallorossi reins and Vladimir Petkovic's men suddenly appear slight favourites to nick the tightest of finals.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 0
Lazio 1

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