Title-chasing Inter Milan host Lazio at the San Siro in one of the picks of this weekend’s Serie A schedule. The visitors may still consider themselves in the title picture too, with both clubs bidding to chase down league leaders AC Milan, who currently top the table by two points.
Where and when: San Siro – 14 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Inter vs. Lazio: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic cancelled out Lautaro Martinez’s first-half opener, as these teams shared a 1-1 draw in Rome back in early October.
Inter v Lazio Predictions and Preview
We can expect there to be little love lost in this Valentine’s Day fixture, with both Inter Milan and Lazio desperate for a big three points on Sunday night. Indeed, this season’s reverse fixture saw two straight red cards, with both sides reduced to 10 men.
Inter only held a numerical advantage for around 15 minutes, between Ciro Immobile and substitute Stefano Sensi receiving their marching orders. Both teams will need to keep their discipline in this game and beyond, with suspensions proving particularly problematic in this condensed campaign.
The games keep coming thick and fast, and Inter’s superior squad depth gives them the advantage this weekend. Indeed, Antonio Conte will have a fully-fit squad to choose from on Sunday, should Arturo Vidal recover from a knee injury as expected.
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Opposite number Simone Inzaghi could be missing as many as five players for this game, although Lazio do have an extra couple of days to prepare for this tough trip to Milan. Inter were dumped out of the Coppa Italia courtesy of a goalless draw against Juventus on Tuesday night, with Conte hardly covering himself in glory by giving the middle finger to his former employer, Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli.
If nothing else, that shows how much pressure Conte is to deliver in his role at the Nerazzurri. Silverware and Champions League qualification are the only things that will keep him in post. However, if he overhauls local rivals Milan to claim the Scudetto and prevent former club Juventus winning 10 league titles on a bounce, he may demand a statue.
Inter don’t have a great record against Lazio, winning only one of the last five meetings between the sides and losing three. The Nerazzurri did win three and draw the other in the four-game sequence prior to that though, and are aiming to get back to that sort of form in these Inter v Lazio predictions.
The hosts have only lost one of their last 17 Serie A fixtures, winning 12. They are the 3/4 favourites with William Hill, with Lazio priced at 15/4 for the win. The Biancocelesti have won six in a row in the league though, and will be no pushover. With that in mind, a draw could be worth a look here at 3/1.
One to watch for Inter: Despite struggling at Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has surprisingly been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester City. Questions remain about the Belgian’s contributions in the big games, but he is 3/1 to answer his critics with the opening goal on Sunday.
One to watch for Lazio: Ciro Immobile will hope to complete the 90 minutes for Le Aquile this time round. The Italy international comes into this Inter v Lazio preview tied on 14 goals with Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, only trailing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A scoring charts. Immobile is 5/1 to break the deadlock this weekend.
Long shot: Inter have scored exactly three goals in four of their last five victories over Lazio. The Nerazzurri have conceded three times in those four wins, with a 3-1 Inter victory on Sunday night priced at 23/2. Those odds rise to 60/1 with Lukaku netting the opener.