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Derby della Capitale: All you need to know

Sunday marks the first Rome derby of the season as Roma play host to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. Here is all you need to know about one of the most notorious matches in Italian football.

Who competes in the Derby della Capitale?

This is a contest between Roma and Lazio, two of the biggest clubs in Italy both based in the capital city. They have officially played each other 178 times competitively.

Who has the best Derby della Capitale record?

Roma lead the head-to-head standings with 67 wins, while Lazio have won 58 matches. There have also been 63 draws between the two sides.

When was the first match between the two sides?

The first official contest came on 8th December 1929, where Roma defeated Lazio by a 1-0 scoreline - Rodolfo Volk the scorer.

When was the last match between the two sides?

Last time out, Roma won 3-0 in March of this year with two goals from Tammy Abraham and one from Lorenzo Pellegrini giving Jose Mourinho's men a commanding win.

Where are Roma and Lazio in the Serie A table?

Heading into Sunday's match, the two capital-based teams could not be closer to each other domestically. Roma have the edge as they sit fourth with 25 points from 12 games. Lazio are fifth, a point behind and were overtaken by their rivals last weekend as they were beaten by Salernitana 3-1 at home while Roma defeated Hellas Verona away by the same scoreline.

Are Roma and Lazio competing in Europe this season?

Yes. At the time of writing, both teams are still in the Europa League with one matchday to go. Roma are currently third Group C with seven points from five games and are in the tournament by virtue of them winning the maiden Conference League title last season. 

Thursday sees them face Bulgarian side Ludogroets in a winner takes all clash. Lazio meanwhile are top of Group F with eight points from five games and simply need to avoid defeat against Feyenoord on Thursday to advance to the knockout stages.

Where will the Derby della Capitale be played?

The Stadio Olimpico is the venue for Sunday's match, which operates as the home ground for both teams, in a similar fashion to the San Siro for both AC and Inter Milan.

Who is the top scorer in the derby clash?

Two players have scored 11 times in this match. Unsurprisingly, given his two decades of service to Roma, Francesco Totti is one of them, scoring his first goal against Lazio in November 1998. His last goals came in in a 2-2 draw in January 2015 when he scored twice. He celebrated by grabbing his phone and taking a selfie of him and the jubilant crowd.

Who is Lazio's top scorer in the derby?

Silvio Piola has scored seven times in the derby, with his playing career mainly taking place in the 1930s. He was part of the Italy squad that won the 1938 World Cup.

Is the match on Sunday televised?

Yes. Viewers can watch the Derby della Capitale on BT Sport 1 with kick off at 17:00 UK time.

Is there any team news ahead of the game?

Roma's Paulo Dybala picked up a knee injury last month and will not be available to play until after the World Cup. Left-back Leonardo Spinazzola and midfielder Gini Wijnaldum are also long-term absentees with both unlikely to feature until the New Year. Lazio forward Ciro Immobile could miss Sunday's match as he has been out of action in recent weeks. 

Who are the managers of the two teams?

Roma's boss is Jose Mourinho and he is managing in Italy for a second spell after a hugely successful stint at Inter Milan between 2008 and 2010 where he led the Nerazzurri to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. He won the Conference League with Roma last year and aiming to see them back into the Champions League this time around. 

Lazio's manager is the former Chelsea and Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, who took over in June 2021. He has won 30 of his 65 matches in charge.

What are the odds for Sunday's game?

Roma are priced at 1/1 for the win with Lazio available at 14/5, and a draw is 5/2.

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