With the two teams in good phase, the “Derby della Capitale” has a new chapter this Saturday, November 18. In the Olimpico stadium, Roma and Lazio will duel from 15h (Brasília time). The classic opens the schedule of the twelfth round of the 2017/2018 Italian Championship, in which the teams remain in the title fight, following a disaster of Azurra’s epic proportions. For the first time in 60 years Italy did not qualify for the World Cup. When they drew 0-0 against Sweden on Tuesday 14 November, they were out of the 2018 Russian Cup.
Rome’s recent performance
Roma have 27 points (nine wins and two draws) and occupy fifth place. They are five out of the way in comparison to the leading Napoli. However, the team made one less game. The match against Sampdoria was postponed due to bad weather. Thus, although it is not a confrontation that can be considered easy, because the rival is in sixth place in the Italian Championship, has the possibility to reduce the difference for the leader to only two points.
Although Roma topped the list in recent seasons, the performance may even be considered above expectations since the good results were achieved after the change of command.
Eusebio di Francesco took over from Luciano Spalleti, who joined Internazionale and also placed his team in the title race of the 2017/2018 season. His big question to define the team that will play the classic is the half Belgian Radja Nainggolan, who complained of groin pain after the 4-2 win in the Fiorentina classic in Florence. However, according to Italian news reports, he has a good chance of being released and being promoted as a starter.
The odds are less for defenders Bruno Peres (eight games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and Rick Karsdorp (one game, no goal); and striker Patrik Schick (a game, no goal) who are in the infirmary.
The current form of Lazio
With the same number of games as Roma, once also had a game delayed, Lazio added an extra point in comparison with his rival. It is the fourth place in the Italian Championship with 28 points (nine wins, one draw and one defeat). However, it is at a slightly higher recent stage. He has won his last nine matches, including Serie A matches with the Europa League matches.
This could cause coach Simone Inzaghi to leave aside two important starters who are in the final stages of recovery. Experienced goalkeeper Federico Machetti, 34, and Brazilian midfielder Filipe Anderson, 24, have returned to training with their team-mates and rely only on improving physical conditions so they can be linked again. However, as there is no need, the coach should promote return without exposing athletes to major challenges.
Three other athletes are away for less time and can be availed in the classic depending on the positioning of the medical department. They are the defender Wallace (three games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, no goal); and strikers Felipe Caicedo (seven games, one goal) and Davide di Gennaro (one game, no goal).
History of the matches Rome and Lazio
The Roman classic had four editions last season with four wins on each side. In the Italian League, Roma made 2-0 in the first round and took 3 to 1 in the second. For the Italian Cup, Lazio made 2-0 in the first game and secured the classification for the next stage by taking 3 to 2 in the second.
The change of command brought changes in the tactical position of Rome. The team has diminished its offensive intensity, but remains efficient. He made 21 goals in 11 matches. He loses in that game for Lazio, much more aggressive, that has shaken the network of rivals 31 times in the same number of games.
However, he won in the defensive system, which was leaked only seven times. It is the best defense of Serie A. Lazio has worse performance with 12 goals conceded, average more than one per game. This equilibrium scenario indicates the tie as the best bet option for 3.50 Bet365 trades. Roma win paid 2.30 and Lazio yielded 2.90 per 1.