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Coppa Italia

  • May 26, 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 70000
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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.

Players to watch

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

M. Klose

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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  • 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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Lazio

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
60%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
2 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ
AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
SS Lazio LAZ
AS Roma ROM
1 - 2
SS Lazio LAZ

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