The race for Champions League qualification adds a new element to the already fiery Derby della Capitale, as Lazio host AS Roma in Matchday 27 of Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Just two points separate the Roman rivals, with Lazio in third ahead of the Giallorossi in fifth.
Roma come into the game off the back of a costly 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo last time out, with the Lupi unable to build on a 1-0 win over Juventus and losing ground in their efforts to secure a top four finish.
They were boosted somewhat by Lazio being held to a goalless draw by Bologna, but the Aquile will be looking to earn the bragging rights in the capital ahead of a tough run-in over the remainder of the season.
Lazio v AS Roma: Predicted line-ups
As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Paulo Dybala will return to the starting line-up for Roma, whilst Gianluca Mancini is recalled in defence and will replace Marash Kumbulla, following his red card against Sassuolo. Bryan Cristante returns to the team after serving a suspension.
Forwards Andrea Belotti and Ola Solbakken could return from injury to feature, whilst captain Lorenzo Pellegrini is also in contention after a head injury.
Lazio are without star striker Ciro Immobile, whilst midfielder Matias Vecino is suspended, so former Roma man Pedro will lead the attack alongside Felipe Anderson and Mattia Zaccagni.
Roma’s Mancini is one booking away from a ban, whilst Lazio‘s Danilo Cataldi will also face a suspension with a yellow card.
Lazio predicted XI v AS Roma (4-3-3): Provedel; Lazzari, Casale, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Pedro, Anderson, Zaccagni
AS Roma predicted XI v Lazio (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola; El Shaarawy, Dybala; Abraham
Lazio v AS Roma: When does the Serie A fixture start?
Kick-off in the Serie A Matchday 27 fixture of Lazio v AS Roma is set for 18:00 CET, local time in Italy, on Sunday, 19 March.
For viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game will start at 17:00 GMT. That is 12:00 ET / 09:00 PT in the United States.
Lazio v AS Roma: Where to watch the Serie A fixture?
For fans in the United States, Lazio v AS Roma will be on Paramount+ along with other standout fixtures in Serie A Matchday 27.
Lazio v AS Roma will be shown on BT Sport 1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.