Inter Milan and Lazio meet in Serie A round 21. These two sides have been among the best Italian teams in recent years, yet this season, the gap between them is a bit wider than usual. Inter is topping the standings, while Lazio sits eight 14 points short of Nerazzurri with one game more played. We can say that both teams don’t have some particular problems with injured players and that more or less they come into this contest with the best possible squads.
Inter Milan (-250) didn’t play its latest game in Bologna due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the home side. That gave a few days of extra rest for the reigning Italian champions, who are despite that leader in the standings ahead of their city rivals with one point more.
Simone Inzaghi used to lead Lazio until the last year, and we are more than sure that he knows all of their flaws and strengths. Overall, his current unit plays well in recent times, posting just one loss and draw over the past 10 games, with eight wins, across all the competitions.
Inter is also the only unbeaten team at home, with seven wins and two draws in nine matches, with a goal difference of 25 scored and six allowed goals. Furthermore, they kept clean sheets in five of the last six events at Meazza.
Lazio (+650) slipped at home against Empoli on Thursday, playing 3-3 in one highly thrilling clash. They would equalize the result in the stoppage time, while missing a penalty a few minutes later. The guests from Empoli scored two goals early on, putting the hosts in a very nasty situation, from which they couldn’t come back and take all three points.
When the Eagles play, the goals are pretty much certain. The previous four ended with over 2.5 scores and hits on both sides, while the past three saw four or more goals. The efficiency of their events on the road is the same as the last nine concluded with over 2.5 goals.
Though, we need to say that Lazio isn’t posting confident performances outside Rome. Only three wins in the last 10 games aren’t such a shinny record, but we underline that all those came in the previous five road trips.
The main problem for Inter is the suspension of the Turkish international, Hakan Calhanoglu, who has to serve his yellow-card ban. Cordaz and Satriano are two more guys who won’t play for the hosts.
Akpa Akpro is out for Lazio, as he participates at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Romero stands as questionable.
Head to Head Games
Lazio defeated Inter in the first meeting this year, 3-1, routinely solving the hosts who took the lead. Ivan Perisic scored for 0-1, but the second half saw Lazio hitting three times and closing this event in their favor.
We are siding with the hosts in this one because they play much better than Lazio right now. Also, they want to avenge the defeat from Rome, as Lazio’s players had a bit unsportsmanlike celebration after the final whistle. That is an additional motive for Inter to give 100%.
Pick: Inter -250
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