Stadio Olimpico in Rome will host the clash between Lazio and Inter Milan, arguably one of the most interesting games in Serie A this weekend. The hosts lost the pace with the top teams in the league, and can’t allow wasting any more points. Otherwise, the Champions League spot could stay out of reach early on this year. As for Inter, they are currently behind the city rivals, AC Milan and Napoli, playing well overall. They have the most efficient attack in the league, despite losing Romelu Lukaku this summer.
Lazio (+240) was blown into pieces in Bologna in the last match before the start of the international break. The hosts won 3-0, practically humiliating the rivals in all aspects of play. That was the first defeat for the Eagles in five events.
After recording two draws to Cagliari and Torino, and winning two in a row, Roma and Lokomotiv Moscow, the fans expected to see their favorites keeping on with the solid performances, but that didn’t happen.
Lazio’s games at home are much different than the ones on the road. They tend to play more efficiently at Olimpico, and since the campaign started in all four events in Rome, Lazio netted at least twice and a total of 13 times.
Inter Milan (+110) didn’t lose in Serie A, posting five wins and two draws. In general, Nerazzurri’s only defeat in this campaign was against Real Madrid in the UCL.
Simone Inzaghi didn’t change anything in Inter’s game after taking over the head coaching position from Antonio Conte. Partially, that is because he too likes to have an offensive approach on the field, and prefers to attack all the time.
In nine games played this season, over 2.5 goals were seen seven times, and in the same games, Inter netted twice or more. Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez clicked immediately, which is the main reason for Inter’s solid performances.
A big hit for the hosts is the absence of their top scorer and arguably the best player, Ciro Immobile. His thigh injury is still not healed, making him ineligible for Saturday’s game. Mattia Zaccagni is also out too.
Gabriel Barzao, Joaquin Correa, and Stefano Sensi are out for this match.
Head to Head Games
Inter didn’t lose last time at Olimpico. Nerazzurri played 1-1 against the Eagles, and after that, defeated them in Milan without too many problems, 3-1.
By the way, the previous three head-to-head games were all with both teams to score.
Lazio needs to attack and redeem for the previous loss. As said before, they play much better at home, so we expect them to play aggressively and offensively. Inter will play, as usual, trying to score as soon as possible and break the rival with its superb attacking line. Our first pick here would be over 2.5 goals, with the odd for that at -165. In order to increase them a little bit, try adding both teams to score. That will boost the numbers to -140, which is ok.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -165
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