The Roma derby used to be a match which drew remarkable amounts of attention with all-time legends facing each other on opposite sides. While the derby doesn’t feature as good as players it used to do, interest in it didn’t fade, especially in greater Rome.
It’s a bad timing for Lazio without a doubt. In the last 4 matches they played, they lost 3 times and only drew against Milan in the Coppa Italia yesterday. Despite the fact they didn’t lose that one they were clearly the lesser team on the pitch as the teams form continues to fade. What’s been mostly daunting for them is the fact that they aren’t remotely as dangerous as they were last year when they boasted one of the most potent attacks in the league.
Their opponents have been on a sort of a tear. They won all 4 matches they played and most of those matches with ease. Their attack started to play better as well as their midfield where we have to highlight the stellar play of Italian phenom Nicolo Zaniolo.
One thing which might be a negative for them is the fact that they play against Porto in the Champions League couple of days later. Going to Estadio Dragao and leaving undefeated is a hard job to do, but Roma will be motivated. With that said they need every point, they can get in the league as well in order to secure Champions League football next season.
It’s hard to predict what kind of Lazio will show up on Saturday. Recently against Roma, they always showed up and won often. It just comes down to play on the pitch with both teams having equal chances to win this one despite Roma entering this one in far better form.