The Rome derby is one fixture that many Italian football fans always circle on their calendars. From the rich history between the two sides to the multitude of memorable encounters, this unique derby provides for some of the must-watch football in Serie A.

Former Italian forward Sandro Tovalieri played for AS Roma and is well familiar with how tense this fixture can be at times. And this time around, the former Serie A talent expects for this contest to once again be a thrilling one to watch.

Tovalieri previewed the fixture, with comments relayed by the Italian-based outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

If Roma wins it, it would be a direct match won that would allow them to stay in the slipstream of Milan and Inter. Otherwise, it puts Lazio back in the game for fourth place. It will be a great derby, too bad it’s without a crowd. But it will still be fascinating. Roma are having a great season and Lazio are on the upswing.

I expect a good game and there’s no favorite. Roma are pressing hard and recovering a lot of balls, but when their physical energy drops, they can have difficulties.

Lazio could use this win as it heads towards a thrilling battle with multiple teams vying for a top-four spot in the league table.