Lazio haven't had a fantastic run of late, faltering following a strong start to the season in which they won their first two games. They have gone winless in their previous four games, a streak they will aim to break when they face AS Roma today. Lazio are in seventh place with eight points, while Roma are in fourth place with 12 points. Lazio haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their six games this season, and have failed to score in two of their last four.
Lazio has only gathered two points in the last three league games, out of a possible nine, and has conceded two goals in two of them. They have scored late in the last two games to salvage draws from losing positions, and they will relish the opportunity to play at home, where they enjoy a league-best 15-game unbeaten streak.
The Rome derby is a game that both of these teams look forward to, with each hoping to surpass the other. Roma has form on their side, having won the last meeting between the two sides. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro scored the goals when Roma defeated Lazio in May, and they will be more confident going into the game after a run of seven wins in eight games.
Roma bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Verona with a 1-0 win over Udinese in their last encounter. Tammy Abraham scored the game's only goal, continuing his impressive start to life in Rome, but they also had Lorenzo Pellegrini sent off. Pellegrini's absence will be felt in this game; the forward has four league goals in five games. Roma have won four of their five league games this season, scoring in all of them. In four of the five league games, they have scored two or more goals.
Lazio had the worst form of the two teams going into this match. They've also been shaky defensively, and they should be grateful that in-form Lorenzo Pellegrini will be absent for this match. Roma will still have alternatives, and they are the clear favourites here given their recent form. I am backing Roma to win this match. The match will be played today at 5:00 PM Nigerian time.
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