Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Rome Derby To Witness Goals At Both Ends


Lazio – Roma

Local bragging rights mean a great deal in Rome, but much more will be at stake at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Second place – and with it automatic passage to the Champions League group stage – is up for grabs.

Lazio have been the better team over the second-half of this season, closing from nine points behind their rivals at the start of February to within a single point now. They stood toe-to-toe with Juventus for more than 90 minutes in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday and might have won if Filip Djordjevic’s extra-time shot had snuck in instead of bouncing out after hitting both posts.

But the Biancocelesti may also be exhausted from playing a full 120 minutes in that fixture, while the availability of the influential Lucas Biglia in midfield remains in doubt. Roma, without playing particularly well, have won three of their last four games. Francesco Totti is back in the team and pulling strings. I say they find a way not to lose.

Draw and both teams to score – 4.20