Lazio vs Roma preview

May 24, 2015
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Lazio Roma 3-2While Lazio only need one more point to secure Champions League qualification, a win in Derby della Capitale would see the Biancocelesti leapfrog their arch rivals in the standings.

Roma, on the other hand, cannot afford to lose if they want to achieve automatic qualification, although they do host Palermo in the final match of the season.

The all-important Serie A fixture comes just few days after Lazio were beaten to the Coppa Italia trophy by Juventus, with Alessandro Matri’s extra time goal proving the difference.

Nevertheless, this season will be deemed a success for the Biancocelesti if they qualify for the Champions League, and they are very close to their objective.

After Napoli lost to Juventus, Lazio need to avoid defeat against Roma in order to secure a top 3 berth, as they wouldn’t want to head into the final match at Stadio San Paolo knowing that a defeat would see them finish fourth.

Stefano Pioli’s side will also attempt to pip their local rivals to a second-place finish and they can be backed at 2.75 (7/4) to emerge victorious.

The return of Stefan de Vrij has been a major boost for the team, while important midfielder Lucas Biglia should be back for the Roma clash.

Stefan Radu looks set to miss out through injury, while Ederson remains a long-term casualty. Senad Lulic is expected to start at left-back.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Marchetti – Basta, Gentiletti, De Vrij, Lulic – Parolo, Biglia – Candreva, Mauri, Anderson – Klose.

Considering everything that has happened this season, Roma officials will be happy with another Champions League qualification, although finishing in second or third place makes a big difference.

The Giallorossi will want to skip the qualifying stages and go straight to the group phase and for that to happen they need to pip Lazio to a second-place finish.

Seeing as Roma are currently one point clear and they host Palermo on the final day of the season while the Biancocelesti face Napoli on the road, Rudi Garcia’s men would probably settle for one point from Monday’s game.

But, getting one over their local rivals is always a rewarding feeling, so bear in mind that the Giallorossi are available at 3.60 (13/5).

Douglas Maicon should be available after recovering from a knee injury, but Alessandro Florenzi is expected to continue at right-back.

Francesco Totti is set to start up front for the visitors, who are without Leandro Castan, Kevin Strootman and Gervinho.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): De Sanctis – Florenzi, Astori, Manolas, Torosidis – Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan – Iturbe, Totti, Ibarbo.

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