Inter Milan and Lazio will face off at San Siro on Sunday as both teams are vying for a top-four finish in Serie A.
Inter Milan has had a busy week, securing two wins in three days. Their latest victory, against old rivals Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final, has seen them progress to next month’s final against Fiorentina.
This success could not have come at a better time, as the Nerazzurri had been struggling in Serie A, losing five out of their last seven league matches, including a run of five games without a win.
However, Inter Milan seems to be finding their form just in time, possible thanks to the return of their much-criticized star striker.
While the team’s position in the top four of the league seemed secure earlier in the season, their recent form has questioned their qualification. This is especially true considering their current run of three consecutive home defeats without scoring a single goal, a first in the club’s history.
With only seven games left, Inter Milan sits in sixth place and is under pressure to improve their league form. Coach Simone Inzaghi must build on Wednesday’s victory in the Derby d’Italia.
Inter Milan Serie A Form: L L D L W
The Biancocelesti, or Lazio, are known for their possession-based style of play, averaging an attempt on goal every 63 touches in Serie A this season. This is the highest average in the division, demonstrating their ability to control the ball and create opportunities.
Lazio’s recent form has been impressive, with a four-match winning streak and conceding only one goal during that period. However, their momentum was halted in their last match, suffering a defeat against Torino on home soil.
Despite this setback, Lazio still ranks second in the Serie A standings. However, with just nine points separating them from seventh-placed Atalanta, a Champions League return still needs to be secured.
While their recent defeat blew their aspirations, Lazio will need to bounce back quickly and maintain their high-performance levels if they hope to secure a spot in Europe’s elite competition next season.
Lazio Serie A Form: W W W W L
Inter Milan has received some positive news ahead of their upcoming fixture against Lazio, as midfielders Nicolo Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu are set to be available despite suffering minor injuries during their last match on Wednesday.
However, center-back Milan Skriniar is unavailable for the match.
Ciro Immobile, Lazio’s star striker, was involved in a car accident in Rome last week and suffered back and rib injuries. It was initially thought that he would be out for several matches. However, Immobile made it to the bench in Lazio’s last match against Torino.
Inter Milan’s expected starting lineup:
Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Correa, Lukaku
Lazio’s expected starting lineup:
Provedel; Marusic, Casale, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni
Head to Head
Inter Milan has recently enjoyed a good run of form against Lazio, winning 21 out of the 57 matches between the two teams. Lazio, on the other hand, has managed to secure 18 victories.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Sunday, April 30
Time: 10:30 am, UTC
Venue: San Siro, Milan
Lazio has been in impressive form recently, and they will be looking to capitalize on any weaknesses that Inter may display.
Inter’s recent form in Serie A needs to be more consistent, and they have struggled in some of their home matches, failing to score in their last three games at San Siro.