Lazio hosts AS Roma in round 6 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Sunday, September 26th at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Lazio played under the management of Simone Inzaghi until the summer. There were different times, but in general, the ex-forward left great memories in the capital. He won cups with the Eagles and brought them to the Champions League. But last season was on the decline, so a change of the coach was obvious. The decision turned out to be risky, but interesting: Maurizio Sarri moved to the capital. He started just fine because his first games against Empoli and Spezia brought victories with a total score of 9-2. But in September, everything turned for the worse. At first, the Eagles lost to a potential competitor in the fight for a place in the Champions League, AC Milan, at San Siro (2-0). Then, because of Strakosha’s blunder, Lazio lost to Galatasaray in the Europa League. Further, the White and Sky Blues did not beat Cagliari, although they opened the scoring. Moreover, Cataldi equalized only in the 83rd minute (2-2). And the last match against Torino ended in a 1-1 draw.
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AS Roma took an even more curious step. It hadn’t shown anything intelligible for a too long time. And the bosses, who were disappointed in Paulo Fonseca (and Shakhtar got compensation for him), announced a contract with Mourinho in the spring. For Jose, it was also a very important decision: now he has a chance to show himself after clearly unsuccessful work with Manchester United and especially with Tottenham. 40 million paid for Abraham shows what carte blanche the Special One has in the capital of Italy. He started well: the Giallorossi started with six victories, winning three times in the Conference League and Serie A. It is curious that after the biggest one (5-1 over CSKA Sofia), the coach publicly criticized his charges. It was as if he felt something, because Roma lost 2-3 to Verona then, although the Wolves opened the scoring. However, the next match brought a victory over Udinese. Let’s note that the only goal was scored by Tammy Abraham, who came “under Mourinho”.
The derby of Rome has a long history with all sorts of things. But let’s note that the team who were the nominal hosts of Stadio Olimpico did not lose in the last eight games. And in the last round, the host side won. Bookmakers consider the coefficients in this pair to be almost equal. Still, Roma looked more confident in September, so we bet that Jose Mourinho will beat Maurizio Sarri, but with a zero handicap.