Roma vs Lazio by Enzo
Roma did well to overpower Empoli in front of own fans last Saturday evening and the overall impression is that the home team didn't lose much of energy in order to reach the three pointer. Hosts took the lead in 12th minute already via Dzeko, while the Bosnian sealed the final score as well, with his second goal in 56th minute.
Overall, impression is that the players of Roma simply played enough in order to get the victory, without trying too much in the offense, while the players of Empoli also hasd their chances however without plenty of opportunities overall. After this victory, players of Roma have four victories in a row combined with Europa League, keeping the second position at the table with four points more than third placed Napoli.
Roma will be playing in 3-4-2-1 formation with Dzeko as central striker, but also with Nainggolan and Salah behind his back as offensive support. Defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi (24/0) is doubtful, while injured remains right defender Alessandro Florenzi (9/0). Manager Luciano Spalletti will have defender Kevin Strootman back for this one.
Lazio, on the other side, also comes from a victory earned on Saturday evening, as the side won over Sassuolo away from home with narrow 1:2 three pointer. However, things weren't that easy for them, since the hosts opened up the scoreline with a penalty taken by Berardi in 26th minute.
Immobile leveled up the result in 42nd minute with players of Lazio continuing to be just a bit better and they scored the second goal seven minutes before the end with an own goal from Sassuolo's goalkeeper. Overall, it wasn't that interesting match and was pretty much equal and could have ended differently on some other day. Lazio continues to be fourth at the table, however having just four less than third and Champions League placed Napoli.
Lazio is set to play in their usual 4-3-3 formation using Anderson and Keita on the wings, plus Immobile as their central striker. Felipe Anderson and Keita Balde are expected to start, since Senad Lulic will be needed most likely in the midfield since Marco Parolo (29/5) remains suspended. Goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (17/0) remains injured.
Roma lost the first game with a 2:0 result and will now need to enter the game with attacking style from the frist minute. I definitely see the prevailing here, especially since I'm sure visiting side will be with a bit less of the ball possession, but also knowing that they could progress here even with a narrow defeat. Overall, wouldn't overwrite even Roma's chances to progress here, so my stake is definitely with the hosts here.