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Lazio vs. Roma: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Preview and Prediction

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Lazio vs. Roma: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Preview and Prediction
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The Rome derby, which features AS Roma and Lazio, is one of the most heatedly contested games in the world, and their rivalry goes beyond the 90 minutes on the pitch.

Supporters are extremely passionate about their clubs, and players put in their best efforts to win the game, although they are under high pressure. There are many experienced players on both sides who have played in the Rome derby before, and it is important that they guide their teammates to keep their cool.

Roma had the upper hand against Lazio last season, but Lazio finished with more points than their derby rivals to finish in the fifth place, while Roma finished at sixth. Both the clubs did make efforts to qualify for the Champions League but did not make it.

Roma appointed a new, bright young manager, Luis Enrique, who previously was the coach of Barcelona B side and has helped in developing many young players from the Barcelona academy. The club have managed to make some good signings in the summer, like the experienced Maarten Stekelenburg and youngsters like Bojan Krkic and Erik Lamela.

Lazio also have high ambitions for this season, and though they have not started the season on a good note, they have the time and the quality to recover. The club has a talented manager in Edy Reja, though he has come under plenty of pressure for his results. Lazio do have a good squad and have made some intelligent additions like Miroslav Klose, who has had a good start to his season.

Roma and Lazio have both had an average start to their season, but they do have the time to find the right combination, and if they can be consistent from this point in the season, they can certainly challenge for the Champions League places at the minimum.

Both clubs have passionate groups of supporters who expect nothing less than the maximum efforts from their team, and both clubs will be keen to defeat their archrivals in what is expected to be an exciting contest.

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Roma

Roma have appointed a new manager in Enrique, and the former Barcelona midfielder signed many talented players in the summer. It will most probably take time for the team to settle down and find the right combination, but if youngsters like Bojan and Lamela can realize their potential, Roma could be a very strong team in the future. It is clear that Enrique is not only planning for the short term, and he is trying to establish Roma among the strongest teams in Europe.

The team had a slow start to their season with a loss to Cagliari and draws against Inter Milan and Siena, before notching wins against Parma and Atalanta. They do have the confidence going into this fixture, and it will be important for them to have a good start to the game. It is a very important game for the club, and they will need their experienced players like Daniele De Rossi and some others to be at their best and guide the youngsters who might be playing in the Rome derby for the first time.

Roma's Francesco Totti will miss the game after failing to recover in time from a thigh injury, and it will undoubtedly be a huge blow to the team.

Maarten Stekelenburg could be fit for Roma, which is important considering that he is one of the best keepers in the world.

Daniele De Rossi could be the key player for them considering his quality in midfield, and his experience could be vital in the game.

Predicted Lineup

Maarten Stekelenburg, Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Burdisso, Jose Angel, Aleandro Rosi, Daniele De Rossi, Miralem Pjanic, Fabio Simplicio, Pablo Osvaldo, Bojan Krkic, Fabio Borini

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Can the new signings make an impact in the Rome derby?

 

Lazio

Reja's team have come under plenty of pressure because of their slow start to the season, which included a loss and a draw against Milan and Genoa in the opening two games. In the last three league fixtures, they have managed to win twice and draw once. They are on eight points, which is the same as Roma, though they are one place below Roma at sixth because of their inferior goal difference. 

The home game against Roma is arguably the biggest home game for the club, and they will hope that they can have a good result. Lazio striker Miroslave Klose is still a doubt for the fixture, but Reja will hope that he can start the game, because the Germany international is one of the most lethal strikers in the world.

It is important for the team to keep their cool, because this is a game where there is a good chance of players being sent off, and one moment of madness from an individual could have a big impact on the result. The club have the quality and the belief to beat their rivals, and should they play at their best, they will have an excellent chance to win this contest.

Predicted Lineup

Federico Marchetti, Andre Dias, Christian Ledesma, Stefan Radu, Mobido Diakite, Abdoulay Konko, Hernanes, Cristian Brocchi, Alvaro Gonzalez, Djibril Cisse, Miroslav Klose

 

Prediction

It will be an exciting contest between two evenly matched teams, and they both consider this game as one of the biggest in their season. Roma and Lazio have both brought in new additions, and both of them need to find consistency at this point in the season. Each clubs will surely love to win the game, and it will be no surprise if it is a heated game.

Lazio 1 - 1 Roma

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