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Roma vs. Lazio: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

ROME, ITALY - MAY 26:  Miroslav Klose (R) of SS Lazio competes for the ball with Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma during the TIM cup final match between AS Roma v SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on May 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIISeptember 20, 2013

Another exhilarating Derby della Capitale awaits this weekend.

Roma enter Sunday's showdown in fine form, taking maximum points from their opening three matches and sitting level with Napoli at the top of the league.

Lazio can also be pleased with their start, winning twice, with the one defeat away to champions Juventus.

Pride will be at stake for the fans this weekend, with Roma hoping to erase the nightmare of last season's Coppa Italia final defeat.

Rudi Garcia has quickly dampened the anger of the club's sales of Marquinhos and Erik Lamela, with particular excitement for new signing Adem Ljajic.

Lazio have a fully fit Miroslav Klose at their disposal, which is a major boost for Wladimir Petkovic as the German has a fine record in the derby—scoring three times in six matches.

 

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Time: 14:00 (GMT), 9:00 a.m. EDT

Date: Sept. 22, 2013

TV: beIN Sport

Live stream: Bet 365

 

Roma team news

Federico Balzaretti may join Michael Bradley and Mattia Destro on the sidelines through injury.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Adem Ljajic (L-2nd) with his teammates of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the third team's goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Olimpico at Stadio Olimpico on September 1, 2013 in Rome,
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There is a battle between Adem Ljajic and Gervinho to play on the wing to complete a front trident with Alessandro Florenzi and Francesco Totti.

The other selection dilemma for Garcia will be whether to pick an attacking left-back in Balzaretti's probable absence, or select a more defensive-minded option in Vasilis Torosidis.

Probable XI: Morgan De Sanctis; Maicon, Leandro Castan, Mehdi Benatia, Dodo; Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman; Alessandro Florenzi, Francesco Totti, Adem Ljajic.

 

Lazio team news

Stefan Radu, Lucas Biglia, Bruno Pereirinha and Giuseppe Biava are on the sidelines for the Biancocelesti.

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 08:  Alvaro Gonzalez (L) of S.S. Lazio competes for the ball with Marquinho of AS Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and S.S. Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on April 8, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Stefano Mauri continues his ban due to match fixing, while Felipe Anderson is a doubt with an injury too.

Michael Ciani is hoping to edge out Diego Novaretti at centre-back, while Ogenyi Onazi will compete for a start with Alvaro Gonzalez.

Probable XI: Federico Marchetti; Abdoulay Konko, Michael Ciani, Lorik Cana, Luis Cavanda; Alvaro Gonzalez, Cristian Ledesma, Hernanes, Senad Lulic; Antonio Candreva; Miroslav Klose.

 

Key Battle: Maicon vs. Senad Lulic

Maicon has been sensational since returning to Italian football and is replicating the form he displayed with Inter Milan rather than that which he displayed with Manchester City.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Maicon of AS Roma celebrates victory during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Olimpico at Stadio Olimpico on September 1, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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The Brazilian has started the season by offering the Giallorossi a threat from deep on the right side, with the Selecao star able to generate great momentum by driving down the wing.

Lulic will have two jobs to do on Sunday; tracking Maicon's runs from deep when he picks up possession without any pressure as well as attempting to push forward himself, forcing Maicon to think twice about vacating his right-back position for fear of Lazio exposing this side of the pitch.

 

Dodo (Vasilis Torosidis) vs. Alvaro Gonzalez and Antonio Candreva

One of Roma's weakest areas on Sunday will be at left-back, as Federico Balzaretti is seemingly going to be injured.

PARMA, ITALY - APRIL 28:  Antonio Candreva of S.S. Lazio dejected during the Serie A match between Parma FC and S.S. Lazio at Stadio Ennio Tardini on April 28, 2013 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Dodo will be the logical replacement, and the Brazilian will be faced with a tough challenge.

Without Lucas Biglia out through injury, Hernanes should play a deeper role, meaning Candreva will be tucked in behind Klose.

This should leave space for Gonzalez to play on the right side, but with Candreva's tendency to play from the wide areas, we can expect a two-on-one battle if Lazio can break quickly once they win the ball.

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