Lazio will lock horns with AS Roma in the first Rome derby of the Serie A 2021-22 season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, September 26. The Derby della Capitale will kick off at 9:30 PM IST.
Under star manager Jose Mourinho, Roma have showcased their title credentials, winning four of the five matches this season. With 12 points from five games, Roma are currently fourth in the points table and are three points behind league leaders Napoli.
On the other hand, Lazio are winless in their last three games and have struggled for form since their 6-1 thrashing of Spezia. Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently placed seventh in the standings with eight points from five matches.
LAZ vs ROM Dream11 Prediction
Roma are ahead on the overall head-to-head record against Lazio having won 67 times. Meanwhile, Lazio have secured 47 victories and there have been 62 draws. Going by current form, Mourinho’s Roma are expected to bag maximum points against a struggling Lazio outfit.
LAZ vs ROM Dream11 team tips for Serie A 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
While Lazio have struggled as a team in the ongoing edition of Serie A, their star forward Ciro Immobile has continued his dominance in the Italian league. The 31-year-old is currently the leading goal-scorer in Serie A 2021-22 with six goals and is likely to trouble the Roma defence in the derby on Sunday.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Jordan Veretout has been one of the standout performers for Mourinho’s AS Roma this season. Veretout became the first French midfielder to score at least 10 Serie A goals in a season since legend Michel Platini for Juventus in 1985–86. The former Aston Villa midfielder has continued his incredible form and has already netted three goals this season. He will be the midfielder to watch out for in the upcoming derby.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi was one of the best defenders in Serie A 2020-21, making 2.5 interceptions per match. Known as a hard tackler, Acerbi needs to be at his very best to stop an in-form AS Roma side.
For the goalkeeper spot, one must pick Rui Patricio of Roma over Lazio’s Pepe Reina. Since making his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, Patricio has already made some decisive saves to help his side secure valuable points in the five matches that he has played in the league so far.
LAZ vs ROM probable playing XI
LAZ probable XI (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Manuel Lazzari, Luis Felipe, Francesco Acerbi, Elseid Hysaj; Luis Alberto, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi; Pedro, Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile
ROM probable XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Ricardo Califiori; Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout; Nicolo Zaniolo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Carles Perez; Tammy Abraham
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