The Serie A will light up this weekend as Inter Milan and Lazio duel in a crucial match that could determine who secures the remaining three Champions League spots.
With Napoli having almost wrapped up the Scudetto, both teams will be looking to produce strong performances to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Inter, who have endured an inconsistent season, will be looking to make a statement in this game. They currently sit outside the top four in sixth place with 54 points.
The Nerazzurri will be keen to build on their recent good form. They have won their last two matches against Juventus and Empoli.
However, Lazio will provide a stern test for the hosts. They are second in the Serie A table with 61 points, only behind Napoli.
The Biancocelesti have been in impressive form this season and will be looking to continue their run of good form, having won four of their last five games.
The match could see some of the biggest names in Italian football on show, including Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku, Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
All eyes will be on the San Siro this weekend as Inter Milan and Lazio take to the field in what promises to be an enthralling encounter.
Inter have won each of their last three home games against Lazio in Serie A.
On the positive side of their season, they have secured the Italian Super Cup, defeating city rivals AC Milan, and have reached the final of the Coppa Italia after knocking out Juventus.
They are also in the semi-finals of the prestigious Champions League – a remarkable feat for any team.
However, despite these successes, Inter’s Serie A campaign has not been as strong as expected, and head coach Simone Inzaghi’s job is under threat.
The club’s management believes their cup victories cannot make up for a poor performance in the league, which could see them miss out on Champions League qualification for next season.
Inter’s recent form has been inconsistent, with a surprise loss to Monza between their quarter-final win over Benfica in the Champions League.
Before their victory over the Portuguese side, they went six games without a win in Serie A – a worrying sign for the fans and the club’s management.
Inter have lost their last three Serie A home games without scoring a single goal.
They must improve their league form while keeping an eye on their upcoming Champions League fixtures.
The match against Lazio could prove crucial for their league campaign as they look to secure a top-four finish and ensure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Player to Watch: Lautaro Martinez
The Argentine centre-forward has been the driving force behind Inter’s campaign this season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.
Martinez is a constant threat to opposition defences, using his pace, movement and finishing ability to superb effect.
Lazio will need to be wary of Martinez’s danger. They must look to limit his influence on the game if they are to come away with a positive result.
Lazio head into the clash with Inter Milan in fine form, sitting second in the league table with 61 points.
The Biancocelesti have been impressive this season, displaying a remarkable attacking style of play under manager Maurizio Sarri.
Lazio have won four of their last five games, recording impressive victories over Juventus, Napoli, Spezia, and Roma.
However, their season has not been without blemishes. They suffered a shock loss to Torino in their most recent game.
The Rome-based club also had a poor European campaign. They were knocked out of the Europa League in the group stage.
They dropped into the Europa Conference League and suffered elimination at the hands of AZ Alkmaar.
There has been praise for the attacking band of Luis Alberto, Immobile, Pedro, Milinkovic-Savic, and Mattia Zaccagni.
Lazio’s defence has also been solid, conceding only 21 goals this season. They have the best defence in the league alongside Napoli.
Goalkeeper Ivan Provedel has kept the most clean sheets in Serie A this season (18).
Player to watch: Mattia Zaccagni
Lazio will look to unleash a lesser-known danger man in Mattia Zaccagni against Inter.
Despite the presence of star players such as Immobile, Alberto and Milinkovic-Savic, Zaccagni has emerged as a crucial player for Lazio this season.
The 27-year-old forward has been in red-hot form, scoring ten goals and providing five assists in 28 Serie A appearances.
Zaccagni’s pace, movement and finishing ability make him a potent threat to any opposition defence. He will be eager to continue his impressive run of form against Inter.
Inzaghi confirmed that it was fatigue that forced midfield duo Nicolo Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu to come off against Juventus in the Coppa Italia. He said they didn’t pick up knocks.
Dalbert and Milan Skriniar are out for the rest of the season. The Slovakian centre-back may have played his last game for the Nerazzurri. He will move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
As for Lazio, they have a clean bill of health.
Serie A Form
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Inter Milan vs Lazio Potential Line-ups
Inter Milan (3-5-2): Andre Onana; Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij, Francesco Acerbi; Denzel Dumfries, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nicolo Barella, Hakan Calhanoglu, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.
Lazio (4-3-3): Ivan Provedel; Elseid Hysaj, Patric, Alessio Romagnoli, Adam Marusic; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Matias Vecino, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile, Mattia Zaccagni.
We Say: Inter Milan 1-2 Lazio
There will be goals in this game. Both Lazio and Inter have scored in each of the last six meetings in Serie A.
Apart from their slip-up against Torino, Lazio have been in top form. They are breathtaking in attack and solid in defence and may be too much for an Inter side that has struggled for consistency in Serie A.
Inzaghi will hope Inter can get the three points they need to push up on the table while hoping for a favourable outcome between AS Roma and AC Milan.
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