Foot Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Sunday between Inter Milan and Lazio, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Currently one of the most fit teams in Europe, Lazio travel to San Siro to face the four main rivals Inter Milan on Sunday afternoon.
The Nerazzurri will try to quickly overcome the disappointment of not having participated in the Coppa Italia semifinals during the week, while the resurgent visitors want to guarantee their seventh consecutive victory in the championship.
After being eliminated in the cup in the middle of the week by the hands of rival Juventus – and having escaped European competitions before Christmas – Inter, in second place, now only have eyes for the scudetto this season.
Head coach Antonio Conte and president of Juve Andrea Agnelli reached the post-game headlines with a variety of audible insults from both sides after the final whistle. The relationship between the pair disintegrated in the summer of 2014, when Conte, who won three consecutive Serie A titles by the Turin giant, resigned just a day before the preseason.
Tuesday’s incident marks the latest in a series of explosions characteristic of the ever-passionate coach recently and only highlights the pressure he is under to prevent his club’s season from ending without trophies once again.
Even so, the Nerazzurri are just two points behind Milan taking action this weekend, after a 2-0 win in the last league match against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. A win that extended the last series of unbeaten streak to five games also saw Inter reduce the impressive series of unbeaten Serie A goals to four.
Conte found a way to balance a team that has been leading the league’s top scorers for several weeks, accumulating successive qualifiers against Udinese, Juventus, Benevento and now Fiorentina.
Inter have also been particularly difficult to win at home this season, with eight wins and only one defeat in the ten first division games so far. In fact, against Lazio, they have been looking to extend a winning streak in seven matches at San Siro since late October.
Other Ciro Immobile objective, aided by his long-standing foil Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, proved to be enough to defeat the humble Cagliari last week, with Lazio continuing their rise in Serie A.
The winner of the European Golden Boot has now hit the net in eight of the last ten matches, while Milinkovic-Savic has scored four goals this season – coupled with a good count of six assists – and both men have a history of proving a great threat in important games.
Certainly, the cavernous surroundings of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – although without fans – would be a suitable scenario for Immobile to register his 150th goal in Serie A. Currently in 149, the former Borussia Dortmund player can become the fastest to reach that milestone ( in 245 matches) between players who made their debut in the three point era for a win.
Even on the rare occasions when they failed to win gold recently, Lazio hit the net – over a long period of 17 league games – with the last time they had a longer series in 1994. The Biancocelesti also won the most points in any team’s league in 2021 and is the only team undefeated this year.
On the road this season, Simone InzaghiThe team’s team has accumulated six wins and two draws in ten games, so they have every reason to travel north with confidence. As a result of their excellent form, they are now tied in points with Roma and may even close the gap that was once huge for Inter to four, with a victory on Sunday.
With only a week to go before returning to the Champions League, with a mouth-watering clash against champions Bayern Munich, things are looking good for the Biancocelesti once again.
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Inter coach Antonio Conte has almost everything to choose from before Lazio arrives in the second city, with only Arturo Vidal – left with a knee injury – unavailable.
although Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella are almost certain to start, there is some doubt about the other spot in the midfield trio, as Roberto Gagliardini, Christian Eriksen and Stefano Sensi they’re all in the running for a start in Vidal’s absence.
Ivan Perisic and Ashley Young are again in direct competition for a spot on the left, with the midweek holder Matteo Darmian it will probably be demoted to the bank.
Simone Inzaghi, who rides her XI in a similar way to Conte, still has a goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha (knee) and defender Luiz Felipe – who recently had ankle surgery at the end of the season – out of action, but could have both Danilo Cataldi and Felipe Caicedo back in the fold this weekend.
Pepe Reina so it remains on target while Patric and Mateo Musacchio must compete for the place traditionally reserved for Luiz Felipe in the Lazio defense.
Both Luis Alberto, recently recovered from appendicitis, and Francesco Acerbi left training on Wednesday morning as a precaution, but must be in shape to start – although the midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akprothe availability of is uncertain – since Inzaghi maintains a fairly stable side.
Possible starting line-up for Inter Milan:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; Martinez, Lukaku
Possible initial lineup for Lazio:
It reigns; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile
Probability: Inter Milan 2-2 Lazio
In a well-balanced confrontation, all possible results can occur – as Inter’s excellent performance at home is in contrast to Lazio’s impressive start of 2021.
The front line of the visitors can certainly break through the increasingly petty nerazzurri defense at least once, but Romelu Lukaku must return to the scoreboard after firing a few rare blank shots and can rescue a valuable point for the hosts.
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