SCOTT PETERSON - Saturday, November 10, 2012
It is derby day in the Eternal City as Michael Bradley and Roma do battle with bitter rivals Lazio on Sunday.
After starting in each of the past two weeks, Bradley will be hoping to make it three in Zdenek Zeman's squad. The skipper, however, could easily go with the experience of Danielle de Rossi to direct the Roma midfield and overcome what is sure to be an incredibly hostile environment.
The only real injury concern for Roma is between the sticks as both first and second string keepers Martin Stekelenburg and Bogdan Lobont are out with injuries, leaving Mauro Goicoechea poised to make his third start.
Their hometown rivals come into derby day winless in their last three and on the heels of a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Catania Calcio.
One player, who missed the debacle, was ageless German striker Miroslav Klose. Despite being 34, Klose is still one of the most clinical finishers in the game and will be the fulcrum of the Lazio attack. Thus far, Klose has recorded team-high total of six goals.
Lazio and Roma are in fifth and sixth place respectively with 19 and 17 points.
Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. local time at the Stadio Olimpico.