18:45 GMT 04 April 2017
It’s one of Europe’s biggest club rivalries as Lazio take the trip down the road to play their rivals, Roma in the second-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final. Lazio go into the fixture with a 2-0 lead from the first leg but with a very hostile atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico, they’ll struggle to keep their lead. The first leg took them one big step closer to the final as Milikinkovic-Savic and Immobile both got on the scoresheet while they stayed defensively strong to keep Roma from scoring.
In the last two meetings between the sides in the Coppa Italia, it’s actually Lazio who have managed to win both games with a 2-0 win most recently and 1-0 back in 2013. Roma have dominated Lazio in the league and will hope to take it into the cup.
Roma will need to be at their very best to pull this tie back from the jaws of defeat and with the impact of their home fans, they should have a great chance. However, they’re missing one of their most influential players with Alessandro Florenzi sidelined for the game with cruciate ligament damage. One positive is that Daniele De Rossi will return for the game and should start for the hosts, which is a massive boost for their hopes of winning.
Latest matches in Coppa Italia: AS Roma
|01.03.2017||Copp||Lazio Roma||AS Roma||2:0||L|
|01.02.2017||Copp||AS Roma||AC Cesena||2:1||W|
|19.01.2017||Copp||AS Roma||Sampdoria Genoa||4:0||W|
Lazio have a great chance of reaching the final with a decent 2-0 lead from the first leg but they have a few of their best players missing from the game. Federico Marchetti and Stefan De Vrij are absent through injury while their energetic midfielder, Marco Parolo, is suspended from the match. These are all big misses.
Latest matches in Coppa Italia: Lazio Roma
|01.03.2017||Copp||Lazio Roma||AS Roma||2:0||W|
|31.01.2017||Copp||Inter Milan||Lazio Roma||1:2||W|
|18.01.2017||Copp||Lazio Roma||Genoa FC||4:2||W|
Roma will head into the second leg as favourites to win on the night however it is could go either way in terms of the aggregate score. Lazio have a brilliant chance to go through but Roma should be able to break through their defence, it’s just a matter of whether they’ll be able to do this more than twice. It should be a very tense Rome derby and the team reaching the final could be either, we’ll just have to wait and see.
04 April 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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