Tough day for Roman rivals

Sunday provides a feast of Serie A football and the fixtures involving the two teams from the Eternal City spark plenty of intrigue.

Partenopei can take the Olimpico

One of the two o’clock kick-offs is particularly interesting, with Claudio Ranieri taking on Carlo Ancelotti as Roma face Napoli.

Ancelotti’s Partenopei have taken seven points from the nine available when returning from previous international breaks and are in a bit of a comfort zone, sitting second in the table.

Strangely they have a seven-point advantage over Inter Milan but a 15-point deficit to leaders Juventus and could be excused for taking their eye off the ball with the Europa League well in their sights.

Lorenzo Insigne maybe rested for that reason on Sunday but Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik, 2.50 and 2.30 respectively in the Anytime Goalscorer market, still form a formidable front-line.

All this considered, 2.30 for the away win seems a good price considering Roma’s difficulties this season and the doubts over Ranieri.

Ranieri’s role appearing increasingly temporary

The ‘Tinkerman’ walked straight back into the Olimpico hotseat just days after his sacking by Fulham and after scrapping to an opening 2-1 win over Empoli, the Giallorossi went down by the same scoreline at SPAL before the break.

Sat fifth in the table, Roma are four points off the Champions League places and have looked uncertain all season, conceding 39 goals, just one less than 16th-place Udinese.

They have though won five of their last six at home and Ranieri will have tried to inject some calm into the squad during the hiatus. But, the players will be well aware of the rumours linking Marcelo Bielsa to his job with the Italian only contracted until the summer.

A home win is 3.15, with the draw 3.50. However, the pressure of playing in front of a dissenting crowd has proved too much at times and it could be another tough afternoon for Roma.

Inter have the edge on Lazio

The late game comes from Milan as Lazio take on Inter. Both sides need the points to improve their European hopes and have a bit of history.

Two late goals saw the Nerazzurri sneak the final Champions League spot with 3-2 win when these two met at the climax of last season. However, Inter showed their superiority with a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture last October. It was Lazio who then progressed on penalties in their January Coppa Italia meeting but have had little joy in this fixture overall.

After beating Milan in the derby ahead of the break, and the news Mauro Icardi seems to have sorted his dispute with the club, the home win seems a solid price at 2.30.

Inzaghi’s team need away inspiration

Lazio have scored seven times in their last two at home but are without a win in three in all competitions on the road.

Defeats at Juve, Roma, Atalanta, and Napoli have scarred their season and with Milan to come on April 13, it is I Biancocelesti’s away form that could cost them a European place.

A win on Sunday for Simone Inzaghi’s side is 3.30 but their results away from home rightly makes them the underdogs and it is tough to look past Inter squeezing through, with a home win by one goal 3.35.