The first of the 10 games to be played in Round 21 featured AC Milan’s 1-0 win over Brescia. With that win, spurred by many missed chances by Brescia, Milan now find themselves in sixth position. But all of that could change when the other nine games are played.
This weekend will feature a number of crunch matches in the Serie A. However, the super clashes will be played on Sunday. In Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso will try to stop Ronaldo from scoring as they welcome Juventus. In the other Super Sunday clash, AS Roma will welcome their eternal rivals, Lazio, to the Stadio Olimpico.
Known as the Derby della Capitale and also described as Italy’s fiercest rivalry, there’s a lot at stake for both sides. The derby is made more interesting by the fact that the hosts are currently in fourth place while their visitors are in third place. Although separated by 7 points, pride and bragging rights will be at stake come Sunday.
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Derby games are often difficult to predict. However, there are four trends you can use to make some extra cash from this game.
Lazio’s Winning Run
Lazio have not lost a league game September, 2019. Since that defeat, they have played 14 leagues, won 12 and just drawn two. During this, they also defeated league leaders, Juventus, twice – in the league and in the Italian Super Cup.
Roma’s Goal Rush
Unlike their rivals, Roma have not been able to manage a winning run. Matter-of-factly, they have lost three of their last six games in all competition. However, one thing has remained frequent in their recent games: plenty of goals.
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Seven of their last 10 league games have had at least three goals scored in them. And of those 10, seven finished with both teams finding the back of the net.
Derbies are notorious for their randomness. No one can tell how exactly a particular derby game will go. Sometimes, the result is largely predicted by the form of both sides going in the game. At other times, it’s just pure rivalry and feistiness that rules the day.
The Derby della Capitale has been largely dominated by AS Roma, with 55 wins, 59 draws and 39 losses. AS Roma have also won the last 10 top-flight meetings between the two sides. When playing at home, Roma’s advantage has been hard to contest as Lazio have only defeated them thrice at the Stadio Olimpico, in their last 10 meetings.
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In the last meeting between both sides, seven players saw yellow cards. In the one before the last, eight players were booked by the referee, with Aleksandar Kolarov getting booked twice. In the last five games between both sides, a total of 31 yellow cards were shown – an average of 6 per game.
How many yellow cards will this feisty derby produce this weekend? Which team will dominate this derby and win the day’s bragging rights? Share your thoughts with the world in the comments section below.