Tomorrow the big day arrives a day in Rome where the entire city shuts down for 90 minutes. There is nothing in the city more important then Derby Day. The Rome Derby also known as Derby Della Capitale. The local Derby between arch-rivals Roma and Lazio hatred between them that stretches through generations. The Rome Derby is considered one of the most violence aggressive and importance derbies in World football. No Derby in the world holds more important on Supremacy in the city. Roma Lazio it’s never about winning the league although that is the ultimate goal that is not the most important part of the season. The sole purpose is to win the Derby. In Rome the Derby more than any other city in the world. As a romanista myself this is something I have seen every season. It means so much to the players and the city itself. It’s not about We Are the Champions of Italy it’s about we finished ahead of them. It is vile it is cruel it is dangerous and it’s exciting. Lazio fans and Roma hate each other and that is always going to be the case we wouldn’t want it any other way it is what makes it so enticing because the hatred of these two teams is it very real. This is not just a football match in fact this not even sport winning the Derby is the reason to be proud which is why this fixture means more than any game this season. Personally I don’t usually get too personal when I’m making an assessment of a game but there’s nothing in this world I hate more this Lazio Football Club. I hate their color I hate their logo I hate thier players I hate their management I hate everything about them. If you’re over Lazio fan you feel the same about Roma. Since 1927 they have played 186 times Roma currently lead this historic fixture with 70 wins to Lazio’s 52 wins as well as 53 draws. Roma have dominated their City Rivals for some time since Italian football’s Inception they have finished ahead of they’re noisy neighbors 68 times. Make no mistake this is Roma’s City however when these two teams play doesn’t matter how many points each team has or how well they’re playing there’s nothing that drives a player more then winning the Derby. Last season Roma won the season series with a win with the other match being a draw. However with all that being said Lazio come into this match as rare favorites only slightly the question is can they handle the pressure. Make no mistake this is a World War this is not just a football match
Roma are coming off a big 4-0 victory against Frosinone a match that somewhat got their season back on the right track. Prior to their big win on Wednesday night Roma has had a historically bad start to the season. In light of this Roma manager DiFrancesco is currently in the hot seat with Antonio Conte and Zidane viewed as possible replacements. DiFrancesco and his Roma side responded to the critics with an emphatic victory. At this point it does not matter who Roma were playing the important part is they now have confidence coming into this match on Saturday afternoon. A large part of their victory was because of the change of formation going from the 433 to the 4-2-3-1. They played extremely well in that formation so they must under all circumstances keeps that formation because the 4-3-3 will not work against Lazio. As far as the lineups I see minor adjustments made. I expect to see the regular starting defense for Roma on Saturday they should be at full strength after Alexandro Florenzi was given rest on Wednesday. I would keep the identical pair in the defensive midfield with the Daniele de Rossi and Steven Nzonzi they seem to perform exceptionally well together. The the attacking Trio in Midfield I would keep the exact same Midfield of Pastore Under and El Shaarawy they seem like the most efficient and inform attack that they have. Then up front will be able to rested Edin Dzeko at full strength. The key player for Roma I believe will be Cengiz Under he scored his first goal on Wednesday. Last year when he got his first goal he caught fire I expect the same and there would be nothing more fitting for him to score his first goal in the Derby. Roma will have other options as well on the bench it should be a very strong team on paper they have a stronger team than Lazio but it hasn’t really clicked yet so that doesn’t necessarily mean Roma have the advantage. However if Roma keep their formation they should feel good going into the derby.
Lazio lost her first two matches of the Season against Napoli and Juventus despite that fact they have been able to rebound having won every game since then. Lazio at the moment are a better team than Roma as painful as that is to say it is absolutely true. There’s a reason they are favorites in this game the records and the points in general don’t mean anything in his Derby but nonetheless they come into this game as favorites. They are well-coached by Inzaghi and have all around solid players in a lot of positions. Roma’s players if you take them one by one are better than Lazio however this team has played together for a little while they know each other they have that experience when Roma don’t have that. Which is why lazio need to take advantage of this opportunity. For the longest time Lazio have been in the shadow of Roma by all accounts this is a Roma’s City. Lazio have an opportunity here to change that narrative and prove a point against their City rivals. Lazio should feel pretty confident going into this game. They are in excellent form it is possible Roma could bring them back down to earth but quite honestly they have the team and the personnel to get one over their City rivals. The key player for this matchup is definitely Ciro Immobile he is one of the most dangerous Strikers in this country he will make things very difficult on that defense.
Let’s be honest there’s nothing worse in the world than losing a derby. Nobody wants to lose it because you have to face the facts of who you just lost too. Losing to Juventus Inter Milan AC Milan can be handled but if you lose this match you’re going to hear about it until the next time you play you don’t want to give that other team the bragging rights. There’s nothing in the world that is more excruciating. This is one of the biggest matches of the Season not just because of the Derby but because what a win for Roma could do. Lazio are in fourth place with 12 points Roma are at 8 points. If Roma wins their season can sort of be Saved as they would get back into the conversation of chasing Europe. A win for Roma would minimize the point deficit between them to one point. On the Lazio side of things a win could causes major separation between them. Lazio has finished behind Roma for so many years they would like just once to be able to finish above their rivals in the standings. On the pitch Lazio are in better form and deservingly deserve to be favored. Right now they are the better team no arguments. However Roma have thrived in this Derby in past years I fully believe they can get it together and get a result against Lazio however equally Lazio can get a win because they are playing phenomenal football. On Derby day it’s really can go anyway however I believe they draw is the most likely possibility. Like I said on Derby Day Records points form doesn’t matter it’s about how they perform on the day obviously Lazio are playing better football and should win but in the derby anything can happen.
Roma’s Projected starting XI 4-3-3
GK: Robin Olsen
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alexandro Florenzi
DEF MID: Danielle De Rossi, Steven Nzonzi
Front Three: Cengiz Under, Javier Pastore, Stephen El Shaarawy
Striker: Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco
Lazio’s Projected starting XI 3-5-2
DEF: Caceres ,Acerbi,Wallace
Strikers: Immobile, Caicedo
Manager: Simone Inzaghi
Roma’s Cengiz Under
Lazio’s Ciro Immobile
Date: Saturday September 29th, 2018
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kickoff: 8:00AM (USA) 2:00PM (ENG),3:00PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila, ESPN+