Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Prediction: Inter Milan vs Lazio

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 24 Sep 2019

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Verdict: Inter Milan win 

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to continue on what has been a very bright start to the new Serie A campaign, Inter Milan will welcome Lazio to the San Siro on Wednesday night.

Inter Milan

Starting with the hosts, coming off the back of yet another very eye-catching display and picking up Milan bragging rights with a 2-0 win over bitter rivals AC, the mood around the San Siro continues to soar. Really starting to shine since appointing former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over the summer, I Nerazzurri are the only side to boast a 100% start to the new Serie A campaign and now hold a two-point buffer at the top of the table. Looking to land their first Italian crown for the first time since 2010, there is no doubt that Wednesday’s hosts will be most impressed by their newfound defensive resolve. Aside from only managing to bag a point against Slavia Praha in their Champions League opener last week, Inter have conceded just a single goal in their opening four Serie A appearances. Along with shinning at the back, Conte does have one leading man who is enjoying a stellar start to life in Italy. Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has three goals in his opening four Serie A matches since making the move from Old Trafford over the summer.

Team News

Antonio Conte will be glad to know that he has no new injury or suspension to worry about before Lazio’s trip to the San Siro on Wednesday.

Lazio

As for the visitors, while Lazio may have picked up a much-needed 2-0 win over Parma over the weekend, the Blues have continued to show some worrying inconsistencies. Opening their Europa League campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat away at Romanian outfit CFR Cluj, Head Coach Simone Inzaghi has seen his men win just one of their last four contests across all formats. While Lazio will know that a surprise victory in midweek could see them leapfrog Juventus, Roma, and Napoli, they have shown some issues outside of Formello. Lazio have lost back-to-back matches on the road for the first time since the start of April. If Lazio are to pick up back-to-back victories over Inter Milan at the San Siro, then Wednesday’s traveling support will be looking for attacking talisman Ciro Immobile to extend on his impressive start. Finding the net against Parma on Sunday, the 29-year-old now has three goals in his last three appearances and is averaging a strike every 84 minutes.

Team News

Lazio will still be unable to call upon forward Ricardo Kishna.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Inter Milan are the only side to hold a 100% start to the season.
  • Romelu Lukaku has bagged three goals in his opening four Serie A matches.
  • Ciro Immobile is averaging a goal every 83 minutes.
  • Lazio have lost back-to-back matches on the road for the first time since the start of April.
  • The last two matches between the two sides at the San Siro have produced just a single goal.

Conclusion

Continuing to enjoy quite the resurge since Antonio Conte returned to Italy over the summer, Inter Milan should see Wednesday as another chance to extend their 100% start and lay down another marker. With Lazio showing some issues on their travels, including a shock 2-1 defeat away at Romanian outfit CFR Cluj last week, we’re backing the hosts to come away with the three points in midweek.

Verdict: Inter Milan win 

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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