On Monday Rome will give way to an ancient foe between two teams that have a long history of literally hating each other. What started as a heated discussion based on political differences, turned today into one of the biggest feuds in history. It provides room for great odds, and the one we’ll use for today’s prediction come from 888sport.
AS Roma looks at this game as a way to shake off the nightmare that was their game against Palermo, where they lost 2-0. Not even Danielle De Rossi could pierce the net, and Totti’s free kick reached Marquinho, but it didn’t finalize in a goal. Roma struggled at the end of the game, and when the referee blew the final whistle, he closed the scoring table and most likely all of AS Roma’s dreams of Champions League. Lazio on the other hand is on their way towards a European qualification, seeing as their victory over Catania moved them up to the fifth place, with a 2-1 victory and goals from Legrottaglie’s own goal and Antonio Candreva spot on free kick.
Former AS Roma’s defender Cristiano Panucci said that “The Palermo defeat will definitely mean the Giallorossi will come into the derby with a few extra concerns, compared to a Lazio team who will be able to prepare for this meeting with the calmness they gained from the win against Catania.” The pressure is on Roma this time around, and Lazio has a few squad problems seeing as Sergio Floccarri is due to another medical appointment to see if his muscle injury got any better, while Bruno Pereirinha and Andre Dias already started their recuperation procedures.
If we study the statistics we’ll see that during the last six games the wins were divided equally between both teams, with Lazio winning their last encounter with 2-1. Roma is relying on Francesco Totti’s help, while Lazio puts their hopes for goals on Miroslav Klose and Sergio Floccari. Franco Baldini is urging Roma to redeem themselves against Lazio and in front of their fans by admitting that “With the aggression they (Palermo) showed, they deserved to win. If we review the goals, they were both well executed. When we started showing the same desire as our opponents, it was too late to retrieve the result.”
The game is set to start at 19:45, GMT+1 on Stadio Olimpico, and I’m going to bet 5 units on AS Roma, at 1.91, with the best odds from 888sport.