In one of the biggest Rome Derbies in a long time; this promises a truly fiesty affair.
Italian Serie A
Lazio v Roma – Over 7.5 cards @ 1.80 (Bet365) – 3 points
When you have the biggest game of the season in the Rome Derby with both Lazio and Rome battling for second spot; lots of disciplinary action will be expected especially when these 2 teams meet. What makes this all the more intriguing is you have the best card thrower in the Serie A in charge of this game in Nicola Rizzoli.
Rizzoli has been known as a card brandisher, and every time you see him as a referee, you cannot but not back his games to go over on the cards. His last 5 games have seen 8, 6, 7, 7, 5 yellow cards been brandished out; but it even goes higher in more important games. His record against the biggest teams is even worse. Some of the top games cards stats include:
Barcelona-Bayern : 6 cards
Juventus-Lazio : 8 cards
Roma-Napoli : 5 cards
Atletico Madrid – Leverkusen : 10 cards
Lazio-Napoli : 6 cards
Roma-Milan : 8 cards
We also all know that the Rome derby has always seen that their games have a lot of cards been brandished because of the high pressure and tension between the 2 squads. In their last few derbies we have seen a lot of cards as well – 8, 5, 8, 8, 9, 9 and 12 in the 7 outings.
Both teams have a lot to play for on the line; and we have a good referee to help us bring this line home. I am quite confident to go high stakes on this game.