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The last to pay the price was Inter, who experienced first-hand how fearsome Bologna can be when playing at home. The challenge is staged at 20.45 and is the third direct match in the current season. The two teams have already faced each other both times at the Olimpico in Rome, on August 14 in the first leg of the championship and on January 19 in the eighth round of the Italian Cup: the two games were won by the biancazzurri respectively for 2-1 and 1-0. When they are incited by the support of Dall'Ara, however, the rossoblù unleash an unpredictable energy. Against Lazio itself, they won both of their last home matches: 3-0 on 3 October 2021 and 2-0 on 27 February of the same year. But there is also a memorable 6-0 win for Lazio at the Olimpico on May 5, 2013.

Here Bologna

In Serie A, Bologna came off a 1-0 defeat against Torino, after winning 1-0 at home to Inter and 2-1 away to Sampdoria. In the standings the rossoblù are tied with Juventus at 35 points in seventh position, which would guarantee access to the Conference League if one of the top six in the league wins the Italian Cup or an Italian wins a European cup. "The defeat against Torino cannot change everything - is the comment of the Bologna coach, Thiago Motta, on the eve of the game -. You have to look at and analyze everything with clarity, that's what I'm doing. We look forward to the next match against Lazio. We are working to field the best possible team. If Felipe Anderson plays, Lazio obviously changes. He and Immobile are different as players but of the highest level. One attacks the depth, while the other gives more of a hand to the game. The first goal against AZ was a nice recovery by Anderson. Lazio have valuable players. We will try to achieve our goal."

Here Lazio

Despite Tuesday's 1-2 defeat in the Conference League against AZ Alkmaar, Lazio is going through a very positive moment in the league thanks to the triple victory against Napoli at Maradona (0-1), against Sampdoria (1-0) at the Olimpico and against Salernitana (0-2) at Arechi. In the league the white-blues are third with 48 points and play access to the Champions League for next season. Maurizio Sarri faces the challenge at Dall'Ara without the suspended Marusic and the injured Immobile, blocked for the injury to the left femoral biceps. Felipe Anderson will therefore be deployed in attack as a centre-back, flanked by Pedro and Zaccagni, while Cancellieri and Romero could take over in the current game. Vecino, the author of the goal against Napoli, should be confirmed in midfield, with Luis Alberto and Milinkovic-Savic both in the role of halfback. Both Vecino and Cataldi are wary and risk skipping the derby, but Sarri cannot afford to leave them on the bench. Defensively, Patric seems to be the favorite over Casale, who suffered a minor calf contusion on Tuesday.