Lazio vs Inter Milan
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Inter’s Champions League aspirations were dealt a major blow by none other than Sassuolo, as they lost to the Neroverdi last round. The fact that the Neroverdi had nowhere go to whilst the Nerazzurri are battling for a top four spot will have frustrated Luciano Spalletti even more, but perhaps his team were already focusing too much on their upcoming clash with Lazio rather than the task at hand.
It’s been a tough past few rounds for Inter, who first saw a promising lead in the Derby d’Italia against Juventus turn into a loss, then rebounded by beating Udinese the next round. However, having lost to Sassuolo, the pressure is now on against Lazio. Should they beat the Aquile, they will snatch fourth due to their superior head-to-head record, so it’s win or bust for the visitors.
Likewise, the pressure is on Lazio, who have wasted a good chance to give themselves some breathing room. The hosts have drawn their last two games, which has allowed Roma to pull ahead in third, meaning that any slip-ups here could see them end up in the Europa League whilst Inter steal the last Champions League spot. It would be an unfortunate result for Simone Inzaghi’s side, who have had an excellent campaign. They were the first side to beat Juventus in Turin since Udinese did so back in August 2015 and will be very concerned about the fitness of key man Ciro Immobile, who is in competition with Mauro Icardi for the Capocannoniere this season.
Lazio stumbled against a Crotone side who are desperate to pull off another great escape, resulting in a 2-2 draw. They are taking on an Inter side who will throw everything at them as they know they need a win to earn a Champions League berth, whilst for Lazio, a point will suffice.
Lazio vs Inter Milan Head-to-head (h2h)
- The teams share 3 wins and 2 draws each from their last 8 meetings in all competitions.
- They played out a boring goal-less draw earlier this season
- Lazio had lost 2 of the last three home games to Inter, while winning the other.
- However, Simone Inzaghi’s side had won 4 consecutive home games against Inter between 2010 and 2014.
Lazio vs Inter Milan Prediction
In short, this is a play-off for the final Champions League spot. Inter are unbeaten on the road against sides in the top half of the table including scoreless draws against Juventus and Napoli, but they haven’t beaten them, with draws against Fiorentina, Atalanta, and AC Milan as well.
Lazio just need one point to secure their spot and could likely be missing Immobile here after he missed out on their other two games. The Nerazzurri, meanwhile, will desperately need a win, and come into this game with a full-strength squad. Can Lazio’s defense, which has let them down at times, survive the onslaught?
Lazio vs Inter Milan: Betting tips
- Inter to at least DRAW at 1.56
- Over 2.5 goals at 1.62.