Serie A | Roma vs Lazio: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Roma Running Out of Steam


Among the favourites to lift the trophy in the competition’s inaugural campaign, Mourinho’s men – who will now face group stage conquerors Bodo/Glimt in the last eight next month – are also unbeaten in eight Serie A games. Ahead of perhaps the biggest game of their season, then, Roma are finding some form, and though it has not always been convincing – Abraham’s late goal was by no means the first in that run – they sit seventh in the table; just a win away from leapfrogging Lazio into fifth.


The Giallorossi last had a longer streak without defeat nearly three years ago, such has been their inconsistency under both Mourinho and his Portuguese predecessor Paulo Fonseca, but consistency of selection has helped foster understanding within the squad.


Though only nominally the ‘home’ side on Sunday, Roma have won eight and lost just three of 15 home matches in the league this term, and turned over Atalanta in their most recent outing at the Olimpico. They may only have drawn 1-1 at lowly Udinese last weekend, but Lorenzo Pellegrini’s stoppage-time equaliser at least kept their undefeated run rolling on. However, an in-form Lazio side are sure to put that record to the test.


So far in 2022, they have kept six clean sheets in Serie A, and only Real Sociedad have managed more across the top five European leagues during that time. Indeed, Lazio have not conceded in six of their last eight top-flight matches; in stark contrast to keeping only two clean sheets in their first 21. Leading the fight at the other end of the pitch, star striker Ciro Immobile scored the only goal against Venezia on Monday, as the Aquile soared to another Serie A success to follow their 3-0 win over Cagliari a fortnight ago.


Only elimination from both the Coppa Italia and Europa League has punctuated their league progress, and as all they have left to fight for is a top-six finish, Lazio will not want to let their most loathed rivals deprive them of a place in Europe.

DPP Verdict

Having given the impression they are running on fumes – relying on yet another late goal as recently as Thursday night, and only scoring once in each of their last five games – Roma’s momentum could be halted this weekend. If Immobile – fuelled by his battle with Dusan Vlahovic to be crowned Serie A’s top scorer – can deliver the goods when it most matters, then Lazio can take advantage; pulling clear of their Olimpico co-tenants in the table.