Sunday 21 May

Lazio vs Inter Match Preview

21 May 2017 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Lazio Roma

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
21 May 2017

Inter Milan

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 21 May 2017

As the 2016/17 Serie A comes to a close, a game that, only a few years ago, would’ve seen Inter challenging for the title actually sees Lazio 4 places above Inter. A win would mean Lazio have secured themselves them a place in next season’s Champions League as they sit in 4th spot. While Inter have a very slim chance of reaching the Europa League as they are 4 points away from 6th, with just 2 games remaining of the season.

STATS

  • Lazio have won 3 of their last 5 league games and are on the brink of confirming Champions League football. They’ve scored 13 goals in their last 2 home games so Inter will have to stay tight at the back. In their last game, they were beaten 2-0 by Juventus in the Coppa Italia final.
  • Inter have failed to win a single game in their last 8 Serie A games, which has seen their bid for European football fall away rapidly, leaving them with it all to do in these last 2 games. A disappointing 2-1 home loss to Sassuolo in their last match sums up their recent form.
  • Ciro Immobile has had a fantastic season for Lazio this season and with 22 goals in the league, only 5 players have managed more. The Italian frontman’s form has been vital for Lazio’s push for the top spots.
  • Inter have had a clinical goal scorer and with 24 goals, Mauro Icardi has been their shining light. His good form may mean he won’t be an Inter player in September as he’ll look to move to a side with European football.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last 5 league meetings between the two sides have been very even as both sides have managed 2 wins apiece with a draw being the other result. There has been 5 red cards in the last 4 league fixtures. The return fixture back in December was one of Inter’s performances of the season as they managed a 3-0 win.

Head to head matchess in Serie A: Lazio Roma - Inter Milan

21.12.2016 Seri Inter Milan Lazio Roma 3:0

LAZIO NEWS

A win for Lazio would give them piece of mind going into the final game of the season as they’ll know that Champions League football is secured and there won’t be any pressure on them in their last game. With Marco Parolo likely to miss the game with a knee injury, Lazio won’t be as devastating as usual on the counter-attack as Parolo is brilliant at pulling the strings between defence and attack.

Latest matches: Lazio Roma

17.05.2017 Copp Juventus Turin Lazio Roma 2:0 L
13.05.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Lazio Roma 3:2 L
07.05.2017 Seri Lazio Roma Sampdoria Genoa 7:3 W
30.04.2017 Seri AS Roma Lazio Roma 1:3 W
23.04.2017 Seri Lazio Roma US Palermo 6:2 W

INTER NEWS

After such a poor last few months for the Inter fans, they’ll be expecting their team to pull their socks up for the final two games of the season and look to exploit any slight chance they might have of European qualification. Miranda and Mauro Icardi are massive doubts ahead of the game and will damage any chance of an Inter victory as Icardi has been deadly in the box this season, he’ll be missed massively by the visitors if he can’t play.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

14.05.2017 Seri Inter Milan US Sassuolo 1:2 L
07.05.2017 Seri Genoa FC Inter Milan 1:0 L
30.04.2017 Seri Inter Milan SSC Napoli 0:1 L
22.04.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Inter Milan 5:4 L
15.04.2017 Seri Inter Milan AC Milan 2:2 D

SUMMING UP!

With home advantage and a better run of form going into the game, Lazio are definitely favourites for the 3 points and will look to sign off in style in their final home game of the season. Inter’s hopes of winning rest on whether Icardi is fit to play the match, without him they will struggle to register any decent chances. It should be a comfortable win for Lazio as they confirm Champions League football.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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