Lazio vs Inter: Match Preview
Lazio go into Sunday’s fixture against Inter at the Stadio Olimpico locked in a three-horse race for the Scudetto. Inter won 1-0 when the sides last met at the San Siro back in September, the last game which the Biancocelesti lost.
In theory, Lazio should be the favourites to win this head-to-head. They have home advantage and have had the full week to prepare for the game, where as opponents had to navigate a mid-week Coppa Italia semi-final.
However taking the form book into consideration, Lazio have only won one of their last seven Serie A games against Inter (1W, 1D, 5L) with Inter keeping clean sheets on four occasions.
Lazio are without their captain too, as Senad Lulic had ankle surgery and will be out for four to six weeks. Jony is the favourite to step in on the left side of the midfield. Radu also returns to the side and is expected to be joined in defence with Acerbi and Felipe.
The home side also have a long list of players who are one booking away from a suspension; Acerbi, Cataldi, Caicedo, Immobile and Felipe.
Lautaro Martinez is available again for selection after his two-match Serie A ban for insulting the referee. Conte could also choose this game to hand Christian Eriksen his full debut.
Inter are still without Roberto Gagliardini, Sebastiano Esposito and Samir Handanovic therefore Daniele Padelli will have to face Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile.
Lazio (18) and Inter (16) are the two longest-running teams in Serie A without defeat: only Liverpool (42) boasts a longer streak in the major five European leagues.
Form: Lazio (W,D,W,D,W) Inter (W,W,D,D,D)
Last Season: Lazio 0-3 Inter
Lazio vs Inter: Expected Lineups
Inter: Padelli; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Vecino, Young; Lautaro Martinez, R Lukaku.
Lazio vs Inter: One to Watch
Joaquin Correa: The Argentinian adds another dimension to the Lazio attack and his inclusion in the squad will give Conte another problem to consider. Correa is an excellent dribbler and also possesses a fair amount of pace which will allow Lazio to bypass Inter’s midfield and give Lazio a greater threat on the counter attack.
Lazio vs Inter: Top Tip
Under 2.5 goals: with two of the best defences in the league on display, it is likely that this game will not have a lot of goals.
Lazio vs Inter: Prediction
I am going to predict a score draw for this game, Lazio to score within the first 20 minutes and Inter to bring the match level in the second half through Lukaku. There is no doubting that both teams will create chances in Sundays game and both managers will also play a role in the outcome of the match in relation to tactical changes.
Prediction: Lazio 1-1 Inter