Roma vs Lazio
Palermo welcomed Roma last weekend and they got very loud in the match, while Roma could not react during all 90 minutes. Palermo scored two goals in the first half, which was the final result of the match, while they had also two shots in the bar and lost some good chances for a higher score. A terrible performance by Roma and the run of five games without a defeat went down in history.
Now they have to face Lacio to the big local derby, where Lazio won all last three encounters. They should be calm, as in the past derbies they always had many red cards against Lazio, but i think that they have the players to score against Lazio. Striker Pablo Osvaldo (23 games, 11 goals) and main right back Ivan Piris (25 games) are both suspended, while there is no other problems. Totti will play on top of the attack with Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic behind him.
Catania traveled to Rome to face Lazio and the hosts went very loudly in the match, missed lot of chances to score the first goal and despite the fact that they had the absolute dominance of the game, Catania was the team that scored with the start of the second half. Anyway, Lazio reversed the score to 2:1 within two minutes, with an own goal and a penalty, ten minutes before full time.
Last Thursday Lazio lost away to Istanbul against Fenerbahce with the score of 2:0, and their chances to qualify to the semifinals of Europa League are now little. The replay match will be played this Thursday. The run of three defeats in the league went down in history for Lazio and this was the good news last week. Moreover, the teams that are fighting for European exit did not had the desired results in the weekend, and Lazio can be ok even with a draw tonight.
Right back Pereirinia (6 games), key right back Abdoulay Konko (21 games, 1 goal) and main defender Andre Diaz (21 games) are all out injured, while striker Sergio Floccari (16 games, 4 goals) may will sit on the bench. Veteran midfielder Cristian Brocchi is still out injured.
Both teams are struggling to keep a clean sheet to their games, and both are having some good quality attacking lines. Roma will play attacking as they need all three points, while Lazio may can play for the draw. Both teams to score is my bet.
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