Lazio v Roma preview: Points to prove as Derby hostilities resume

Roma will be looking for redemption when they take on fierce rivals Lazio in the first Derby Della Capitale of the season on Sunday.

It’s a game that gives Roma the chance to right two wrongs – that of being beaten 3-0 the last time the two sides met, which proved to be Eusebio Di Francesco’s last Serie A game in charge, and not being able to beat Genoa on the opening day of the season.

Both rivals have made some interesting changes over the summer, with the red side of the city bringing in new coach Paulo Fonseca and sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, not to mention a whole host of new players, while the blue side have brought in the likes of Manuel Lazzari and Denis Vavro. Simone Inzaghi’s side won their first game of the season, against Di Francesco’s Sampdoria, whereas Roma have a point to prove in what is technically their first away game of the season, despite it being played at Stadio Olimpico.

Roma’s opening game saw them pegged back three times by Genoa, despite some promising performances from the likes of Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini. However, no places are guaranteed, with Fonseca confirming at his press conference that Jordan Veretout and Amadou Diawara are ready to compete for the starting berths in midfield. It could be a baptism of fire for any of the new additions, ready to be thrown into the cauldron of one of the most competitive and passionate rivalries in world football.

Davide Zappacosta could make his first start for the club after coming on as a substitute against Genoa, with Alessandro Florenzi pushing to the left wing, while new signing Chris Smalling will be involved in the squad – although the Englishman may not start.

The game kicks off at 5pm UK time and will be shown live on Premier Sports 1.

Expected lineup: Lopez; Zappacosta, Fazio, Mancini, Kolarov; Pellegrini, Cristante; Under, Zaniolo, Florenzi; Dzeko

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