Lazio vs Roma predictions: Italian giants tough to split
Roma will hope to move four points clear of neighbours Lazio on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A.
The two sides are separated by one point and three places ahead of kick-off, and either team could go into the international break in sixth, should results go their way.
Lazio's Mattia Zaccagni may miss out this week, having suffered a knee injury against Feyenoord during Tuesday's 1-0 win.
Maurizio Sarri will hope Luis Alberto and Adam Marusic can pass fitness tests, but Nicolo Casale will not be fit until after the international break.
Roma's players will be tired, having played in the Europa League on Thursday, and Jose Mourinho will recall Lorenzo Pellegrini after he spent the last few weeks on the sidelines.
Leonardo Spinazzola should also return, but Chris Smalling's knee issue keeps him in the treatment room, while Leandro Paredes is back from suspension.
Lazio won both meetings between the two teams 1-0 last season, while they have won their previous two matches in all competitions by the same scoreline.
Sarri's troops are unbeaten in six at home, while they have only lost once in front of their own supporters. Lazio have lost two of their previous five Serie A games, failing to score in both defeats to AC Milan and Bologna.
Roma have lost two of their last three in all competitions, failing to score in both fixtures, which were both away from home.
However, in Serie A, they have only lost one in five, and they have started to find some consistency under Mourinho.
While we would love to predict a high-scoring affair, it looks like Sunday's fixture could be a close battle in the Italian capital.
Both meetings last season finished 1-0 to Lazio, but Roma come into the game in good form in the league.
However, most of their wins have come at home, and they have only won once on their travels so far.
With so much at stake between two rival clubs, neither side will want to surrender any chances, and we can see the two teams cancelling each other out.
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