Preview - Lazio vs Roma 03 March 19

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Match Day 26
Lazio vs. Roma
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (11)

Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.96
Average goals against per match: 1.32
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy ( 8 )

There are a few cracking derby contests spread around Europe this weekend, one of the best of which comes at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio act as hosts to Roma.

Roma came out on top when winning the reverse of this fixture 3-1. The game here last season ended in a goalless draw.

Wallace, Valon Berisha and Jordan Lukaku are all out for Lazio. Patrik Schick looks like being the only absentee for Roma.

With Roma fifth and six points clear of Lazio in sixth, and with Champion's League football being the ultimate aim for both sides, there's plenty riding on this one.

Lazio have been in up and down form of late and head here with just two wins in their last six. They have lost only three of twelve at home this season though, to Napoli, Inter and Juventus -all teams currently above them in the standings.

Roma are undoubtedly in the better form of the two sides and arrive at this game with six wins and two draws in their past eight in Serie A. They have won five of 13 on the road, but will of course be in very familiar surroundings here.

We give Roma the edge in this one with the Wolves having scored three in each of their past three away fixtures. This may be a little tighter than that, but we do see them coming out on top.

Prediction: Lazio 1 - 2 Roma


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  13 - 15
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 7
Possession: 44% - 56%

A busy afternoon for referee Paolo Silva Mazzoleni in what was a fiercely contested Rome derby. Senad Lulic, Segej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi and Stefan Radu were all booked for the home side. Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio and Edin Dzeko all saw yellow for Roma who also had Aleksandar Kolarov dismissed for two bookings in the space of a minute in stoppage time.

Lazio started the brighter of the two sides and it was they who struck first in the 12th minute. Joaquin Correa coming in from the left and slipping a well-weighted pass into the path of Felipe Caicedo in the left of the area. Good composure from Caicedo to go around the keeper to the left and slot home.

Roma's only real chance of the first half fell to Edin Dzeko on the edge of the area. His low shot to the left being well kept out by Thomas Strakosha. 1-0 at the break.

Roma were dominating in the first half of the second half, testing Strakosha from range and missing a golden opportunity when Javier Pastore could only prod wide when a ball broke to him following a set piece.

The home sides second arrived in the 73rd minute. A ball over the top freeing Correa into the area and the forward being bundled over from behind by Federico Fazio. Penalty kick. Ciro Immobile dispatching the ball into the bottom left.

Any slight doubt as to the destination of the points was erased in the 89th minute. Attacking down the right, the ball was fed into the area to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. He then teed up Danilo Cataldi just outside the area in a central position. Robin Olsen getting a hand to his strike but being unable to prevent it finding its way into the right-hand side. 3-0 final score.

Big win for Lazio. They stay sixth but are now only three points adrift of Roma in fifth and do have a game in hand.

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