Our prediction for this Serie A match:
There will be fireworks when Roma and Lazio face each other at Stadio Olimpico in the Rome derby. The Giallorossi dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Udinese, and, as a result, they have slim chances of securing a place in the Champions League. Spinazzola remains on the sidelines with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Cagliari (3-0) and Venezia (1-0).
Lazio want to keep their Champions League hopes as well, and, taking everything into account, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Zaccagni is banned for the match, while both Radu and Cataldi are rated doubtful for the match. In the first half of the season Lazio defeated Roma 3-2, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on BTTS.
Highlighted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age.
Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment.
Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.