Lazio vs Roma by Enzo
Lazio did what was needed in last round of Saturday evening, as the team took a three pointer in front of own fans against Udinese with a 1:0 result. They had much more of the ball possession, but weren't that fluid and didn't look that concrete during the ninety minutes. However, they were more agile in the last quater of the match and sealed the victory with a goal from penalty kick via Immobile in 72nd minute.
This was their second victory in a row, both earned in last phase of the match, as the side currently sits at fifth position at the table, having four points less than third and Champions League placed Napoli. No doubt that the side chases the European exit, but the Cup competition does provide shortcut to European exit, so even though they might rotate a bit, there's no doubt that everyone is fired up to get the right result.
Lazio should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using probably Keita, Immobile and Anderson as forwards. Home side is having some worries in selection, since central defender and sometimes left back Stefan Radu (21/2), right defender Patric (13/0) and defensive and sometimes central/defensive midfielder Senad Lulic (23/2) all remain suspended. Goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (17/0) has some problems and probably won't be risked here.
Roma, on the other side, had much more difficult match last weekend, as the team managed to get a three pointer away from home against Inter with a 3:1 result. The game itself was quite a balanced one with the teams sharing ball possession, but the visiting side looked way more concrete in attacking during the clash.
Nainggolan had a great game and opened up the scoreline in 12th minute, doubling up the lead in 56th minute, while Icardi just temporarily reduced the deficit in 81st minute via Icardi, while Perotti sealed the victory from a penalty kick in 85th. It was fourth consecutive victory in Serie A for Roma, as the side continues to be second at the table and having seven points less than leaders from Juventus.
Roma is set to play in 3-4-2-1 formation, with Dzeko as their central striker, plus Salah and Nainggolan behind his back as offensive midfielders. Long term absentee right full back Alessandro Florenzi (9/0) is out for this one.
- Roma have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches against Lazio.
Lazio have won three out of last four matches, but the team can't be considered as a favorite in this one. Rome is better and is favorite to progress to the next stage, but having in mind that there are two matches here and that Lazio can't afford to lose, I'll be going with a bit more cautious asian handicap offer.