NAME: Lazio – Roma
DATE: September 1, 2019
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: Stadio Olimpico, Rome , Italy
Pau Lopez will again start between the sticks. The Spaniard was hardly at fault for Genoa’s three tallies on his debut. Federico Fazio will start in the center of defense alongside Gianluca Mancini, who is likely to replace Juan Jesus (60%/40%). Meanwhile, Aleksandar Kolarov will again start at left fullback after an impressive showing against Genoa. Rounding out the defense at right fullback will likely be Davide Zappacosta. However, don’t expect that to mean Alessandro Florenzi will be benched.
The midfield situation leaves us with a lot of question marks at the moment. Bryan Cristante looks to be a likely starter with current projections again pairing him with Lorenzo Pellegrini in the double pivot. That would mean Nicolò Zaniolo at the trequartista position. However, it’s also very likely that Pellegrini could move up behind the striker with either Veretout or Amadou Diawara pairing with Cristante. That would provide a bit more cover for the defense against Lazio’s impressive attack. Gazzetta dello Sport currently has Zaniolo with 40% chance to start and the other two at 30%. So, keep an eye on that as we approach game time.
Lazio vs Roma: Match Preview
Lazio returns to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Roma in the Derby della Capitale in Matchday 2 of the 2019/20 Serie A. Last season, both sides each won a match, splitting the head to head series. The Giallorossi won 3-1 in September of 2018 while the Biancocelesti won 3-0 in March of 2019. In regards to the number of times they have faced off against each other, the number stands at 150 in the Serie A and 170 in all competitions. An extremely valued encounter, as both clubs looking to qualify for Champions League this season, neither team can afford to lose points – especially from this highly contested rivalry.
Simone Inzaghi’s side comes into the game with confidence and momentum as they displayed an all-round performance on the road at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris against Sampdoria in Matchday 1. Ciro Immobile led the way, as per usual, with a brace in the match while Luis Alberto picked up two assists in a 3-0 victory. There was only one new acquisition who started the clash against the Blucerchiati. This was wing-back Manuel Lazzari, who has already made his presence felt and is already becoming a fan favorite early on in the campaign.
Team Squad News
Paulo Fonseca’s side was strong upfront but certainly showed signs of weaknesses in the backline against Genoa this past Sunday in Rome. Roma tied Genoa 3-3; they gave up the lead on not one, not two, but three occasions, and were unable to finish the game with three points. Juan Jesus had a match to forget as the defender was accountable for most of their goals and will want to rebound this Sunday against the Biancocelesti if given the chance. However, this looks highly unlikely as the club have just acquired Chris Smalling from Manchester United. Edin Dzeko and Cengiz Under both looked dominant against the Rossoblu, each scoring a goal in the match. Just signing his new contract this past week, the Bosnian really delivered, showing his experience, while the Turkish youngster showed that he will be a great player to look forward to in the near future. All in all, Roma will need to strengthen their backend and improve their defensive awareness if they are to have any chance of winning against Lazio’s strong offense.
Current Lazio squad is:
Forwards: Felipe Caicedo, Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto, Joaquín Correa, Ricardo Kishna, Bobby Adekanye
Midfilders: Senad Lulić, Lucas Leiva, Marco Parolo, Valon Berisha, Jony, Adam Marušić, Manuel Lazzari, Danilo Cataldi, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Joseph Minala, André Anderson
Defenders: Ştefan Radu, Riza Durmisi, Francesco Acerbi, Jordan Lukaku, Bastos, Patric, Djavan Anderson, Denis Vavro, Tiago Casasola, Wallace, Luiz Felipe, Jorge Silva
Goalkeepers: Silvio Proto, Ivan Vargić, Thomas Strakosha, Guido Guerrieri, Alessio Furlanetto
Current Roma squad is:
Forwards: Edin Džeko, Diego Perotti, Patrik Schick, Mirko Antonucci, Keba Coly, Justin Kluivert
Midfilders: Javier Pastore, Maxime Gonalons, Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Cengiz Ünder, Amadou Diawara, Nicolò Zaniolo
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Davide Santon, Chris Smalling, Juan Jesus, Davide Zappacosta, Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi, Gianluca Mancini, Silvio Anočić, Moustapha Seck, Yıldırım Mert Çetin, William Bianda
Goalkeepers: Antonio Mirante, Pau López, Daniel Fuzato
Lazio (3-5-1-1): Strakosha; Radu, Acerbi, Luiz Felipe; Lulic, Luis Alberto, Parolo, Milinkovic-Savic, Lazzari; Correa; Immobile.
Roma (4-2-3-1): Pau Lopez; Kolarov, Mancini, Fazio, Zappacosta; Pellegrini, Cristante; Florenzi, Zaniolo, Under; Dzeko