Coming off historic night in Rome overturning a 4-1 deficit Barcelona to make their first ever Champions League semi-final. A week of drama excitement and celebration for the Roma players fans and everyone through the organization. However that comes to an end as Roma have a very serious matchup on a Serie A Sunday night. After the Champions League Roma go right back into it as we revisit the Roman Derby between rivals Roma and Lazio. In extremely important Derby which will surely add to the intensity of this a great rivalry. Both Rome and Lazio are equal on points with 60 points a piece. Lazio’s week has gone the opposite of Roma as they threw away a multiple go lead against RB Salzburg in the Europa League quarter-final. Roma won the first installment of the Derby Della Capatile at the beginning of the season in a 2-1 win over the noisy neighbors Lazio. These teams hate each other and I expect it to show on the pitch.
After Roma’s historical night on Tuesday Roma should go into this game in confident mood. Roma understands what the importances of this game this game could largely impact where they finish and the top four this season as they find themselves in a dog fight with Lazio and Inter for the last automatic champions league spot. A large part of their success against Barcelona was changing from the 4-3-3 formation to a 3-5-2. I’m unsure whether or not Roma will play with that again. The reason they changed as so they can exploit Barcelona the weaknesses. I think it’s highly possible that Eusebio Di Francesco will go back to the 4-3-3 formation it was successful in beating Lazio the first time these two teams faced this season. Roma has high energy and is still fired up from Tuesday night. I think we will see a Roma team that is going to want to get after early knowing how much this match impacts their season. Despite them being at home in this game they’re being listed as the away team ahead of the derby. Roma are unbeaten in 22 other last 23 away matches even though this is technically a home game it may give them a psychological Edge. I expect to see Cengiz Under to return to the starting lineup this week. Roma’s young Turkish star has missed a few matches before coming off the bench against Barcelona in doing so delivering the game-winning assist. I see him back in the side As a big A Difference Maker in this match. With Diego Perotti out with an injury I expect Stephan El Shaarawy to come fill in on the left wing. Assuming Roma go back to 3 in the Midfield I see Radja Nainggolan Daniele de Rossi and coming Kevin Strootman who’s aggression will be important in this game. I see Radja Nainggolan as a big part of that unit pushing the ball forward to create opportunities for Dzeko & Company also if De Rossi can play the way he did on Tuesday he could make a big impact. The defense if they go back to 4 in the back should be pretty similar to what we were accustomed to seeing. There’s a lot of Depth throughout this Roma side there not as reliant on certain players as their counterparts. Gerson and Patrik Schick I think could be useful coming off the bench Roma certainly have enough weapons to do the double over Lazio. Roma’s key player for this match has to be the big man Edin Dzeko the Bosnian Striker has scored three goals in four games as he is starting to really recap his 2017 form. He will be a nightmare to deal with for the defense he’s big strong and physical and he knows where the goal is. Getting him the ball and crucial situations is going to be a key part of their attack. The front three will be absolutely essential with the speed they have on both wings with El Shaarawy and Under they can cause big problems if you let them play their game the speed they have up top is going to be incredibly difficult to control Roma have a great chance to win this game.
After Lazio blew a lead in their Europa League quarterfinal matchup against RB Salzburg coming off a very uneventful week. from my estination they probably do not have a lot of confidence right now after that performance. However if they want to win this game it’s very simple Feed the Beast that is Ciro “The Hero” Immobile he is currently leading the league in goals with 27 this season he will surely will the golden boot this season. Ciro needs to have an exceptional day against Roma if they are going to win this game. obviously Lazio have a lot of quality or they wouldn’t be in this position to begin with but if you take him out of that team They’re not in the same wavelength as Roma. From a coaching standpoint they have to do everything they possibly can to get him involved in the match. However they have another Difference Maker in Luis Alberto but that all depends on the impact of the Immobile. Largely to do with the fact that Alberto is not a scorer he’s a great facilitator but they can’t have him as their number one scoring option. So it becomes essential to feed their star they do have Felpe Anderson and Nani as well but its all on Ciro to make something happen. Lazio’s defense isn’t bad but it’s not great either so they can’t rely on a great defensive performance like Roma can. Ciro Immoblie is Lazio key player for this matchup if Lazio are going to stop Roma from doing the league double against them he needs to have a dominant Striker performance.
Head to Head
Matches: 184: Roma wins: 70: Draws: 62: Lazio wins: 52
Preview Match Up: 2-1 Roma 11/18/17
When these two teams face off against each other points and League positioning is thrown out the window. Because as we have seen in derbies it does not matter how good or bad they are both teams Are ready and willing to fight until the end because of how much this Derby means to the city. Roma and Lazio will be looking to draw blood these teams do not like each other and they will be motivated by that. As far as the match itself goes this is one of the most important matches of the season the winner in all likelihood will finish infront of the other in the league standings. City Supremacy matters more so than anything else both teams want to prove they are the best team in Rome. it is going to be tough it’s going to be intense it’s going to be aggressive. However despite how good Ciro Immobile is I see Roma coming away with the three points on this occasion they are coming off a massive European victory they’re energized they’re confident And I believe nothing can stand in their way except themselves. Meanwhile Lazio seems to lack everything Roma have I think there will be a serious lack of confidence going into the game after they’re embarrassment against RB Salzburg. Lazio will make it tough but in the end I believe there will only be one winner A.S Roma will do the double.
Roma’s Projected starting 11 4-3-3
GK: Alisson Becker
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alexandro Florenzi
DEF: Danielle De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Radja Nainggolan
Front Three: Cengiz Under, Stephen El Shaarawy , Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco
Lazio’s Projected starting 11 3-5-2
DEF: Luiz Felipe, De Vrij, Bastos
MID: Milinovic-Savic, Alberto, Levia,Parolo,Marusic
Strikers: Ciro immobile, Anderson
Roma’s Edin Dzeko
Lazio’s Ciro “The Hero” Immobile
Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kickoff: 1:45PM (USA) 7:45PM (ENG), 8:45PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila