It seems this Saturday is a derby day all over the continent and one of the most interesting derbies is happening in Italian Serie A. The Rome Derby will see Lazio welcoming Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Their duels are always packed with excitements both for their fans and for bettors. If you belong to the second category, then you definitely need to take a look at our Lazio vs Roma prediction and betting tips!
Lazio are at the 6th position on the Serie A table, which is one place lower than their biggest rival Roma. However, the point gap between the two is 6 points, so even if they win on Saturday evening, they won’t be able to overtake the 5th spot. But, considering that Lazio have played one game fewer than all the teams that are currently above them, they do have a good chance to improve their position in due time.
But, for that, they need to improve their form, which hasn’t been that great recently. Lazio lost exactly half of all the matches they played in 2019, counting all competitions. And last month, they lost 3 out of 6 games, scoring a total of only 3 goals in those matches.
Actually, scoring has been their biggest issue this season. The lack of goals has cost them points many times already and if it weren’t for their good defense, they would’ve been much lower on the table. Although they did allow 27 goals in 24 Serie A matches this season, which isn’t very impressive, they never got hammered by the opponents.
In fact, they allowed more than two goals only two times in Serie A this season. One of those games was the match against Roma played in September 2018.
January finished embarrassingly for Roma when they got hammered 7:1 by Fiorentina in Coppa Italia. But, then, they started playing much, much better. In the first match in February, they drew with AC Milan, after which they went into a winning streak, beating Chievo, Bologna, and Frosinone in Serie A. Sue, those opponents aren’t very good teams, but Roma also won against Porto in the Champions League in February.
They scored a total of 10 goals in those games, 3 of which were scored by Edin Dzeko. Roma fans have been patiently waiting for him to get back in the goal-scoring form and it seems that he’s finally here. He had a sort of goal drought in the first half of the Serie A season but now seems to be in a fantastic form. Actually, he looks like the guy Lazio should fear the most.
But, Roma are far from being a one-man army. Apart from Dzeko, they have a number of players playing fantastic lately. Actually, their top scorer is El Shaarawy, while the guy sharing the second place with Dzeko is Aleksandar Kolarov, a full-back.
- Wallace (doubtful)
- Jordan Lukaku (doubtful)
- Valon Berisha (doubtful)
- Konstantinos Manolas (doubtful)
- Rick Karsdorp (doubtful)
- Cengiz Under (doubtful)
- Patrik Schick (doubtful)
Strakosha – Acerbi, Radu, Bastos – Lucas Leiva, Parolo, Milinkovic-Savic, Correa, Lulic – Luis Alberto, Immobile
Olsen – Fazio, Jesus, Santon, Kolarov – Cristante, De Rossi, N’Zonzi – El Shaarawy, Florenzi, Dzeko
Lazio vs Roma Prediction
Roma are a better team than Lazio, but the player quality is not always the most important factor when Derby della Capitale is concerned. Anything can happen in games likes these, but one thing is certain – we’re going to witness plenty of exciting moments. And that means that goals are likely to happen, probably on both ends.
Lazio vs Roma Betting Tips
- BTS @1.53 (bet365)
- Double Chance X2 @1.60 (bet365)