Roma-Lazio Betting Preview: Free-scoring hosts value to defeat derby rivals

Aurelio Andreazzoli's side suffered a setback last weekend but Willie Duncan is backing the hosts to bounce back with victory over Vladimir Petkovic's men on Monday night
Points, passion and pride will be at stake as the intense rivalry between Roma and Lazio comes to the fore once again when they meet in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night.

The city rivals, of course, share a stadium but their rivalry is in no way diluted by that fact and the atmosphere inside the stadium is sure to be electric when these two clubs go toe-to-toe again.

Lazio may have won the last three meetings between the sides but Roma’s defeat last weekend was their first loss in six matches and they are the “home” side for this fixture so it comes as little surprise to see Aurelio Andreazzoli's side chalked up as 19/20 (1.95) favourites with William Hill to claim victory here.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side are three points ahead of their rivals in the Serie A table and they can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) with William Hill to grab three points that would extend that lead to six, while the draw can be backed at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

Monday’s meeting looks set to be a clash of styles as it is worth noting that only runaway league leaders Juventus have scored more goals than Roma in Serie A this season.

On the other hand Lazio have scored fewer goals than any side in the top nine of the league table so far this term with 10th-placed Parma having scored the same number of goals as Petkovic's side.

Veteran Roma striker Francesco Totti is set to lead the line for the hosts once again on Monday night and the 36-year-old forward, who has scored 11 league goals so far this term, heads up William Hill’s first goalscorer market at 9/2 (5.50).

With Pablo Osvaldo suspended for this game, Argentine star Erik Lamela, who is Roma’s top scorer this season, is likely to be given a free role and, thus, is a lively contender at William Hill’s juicy 11/2 (6.50) quote to break the deadlock.

Lazio will hope that Miroslav Klose, who returned to the side last weekend after two months out with injury, can find the net on Monday and the Germany international can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill to score first while former Tottenham striker Louis Saha, who has yet to score for Lazio since joining the club in February, is rated as a 7/1 (8.0) chance to open his account with the first goal of the game here.

Free-scoring Roma can put their derby day woes behind them on Monday and should be backed at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill to claim their first victory in this fixture in over two years while the ever-dangerous Erik Lamela is the value pick to score first at an attractive 11/2 (6.50) quote with the same firm.

Roma to win at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill
Lamela to score first at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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