The Derby della Capitale returns this weekend, and should be one of the most eagerly anticipated encounters of recent times. Joel Turner of KickOff previews the game for asroma.co.uk.
Both sides find themselves riding high in Serie A off the back of decent runs. But it looks to be Lazio’s strong recent home form, and Roma’s relative weakness away from home, that will frame this fixture and decide its outcome.
So what does form and history tell us is likely to happen when the two sides meet at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon?
FORM GUIDE – OVERALL
There is little to choose between the two sides over the last six games, with Roma collecting just one less point in Serie A.
Significantly Lazio are now unbeaten in nine league games, with their last defeat coming against Milan in September.
Roma’s season has been a bit more mixed, with one more defeat than Lazio – but highlights along the way including wins against Napoli and Inter that have left them just four points behind league leaders Juventus.
FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
There is one major niggle so far for Roma which may prevent them being serious contenders for the scudetto: their away form.
Three away defeats in six, and only seven points from a possible 18 in those games tells its own story.
Home advantage has also favoured Lazio this season, with a very impressive five wins in six at home.
A look at comparative form over the last ten games shows Lazio to be in slightly better defensive form than Roma, but they themselves are in much stronger attacking form than their city rivals.
On paper though there is very little between the two sides, and this could well be one of the most fiercely competitive derbies of recent seasons.
It is worth remembering at this point that Lazio have not won this fixture – home or away – since 2013. Games with this much history are seldom unaffected by such statistics, and it would seem the most likely outcome is a Roma win or draw.
By Joel Turner – graphics courtesy of KickOff.