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Match Preview: Lazio vs Inter Milan - Lazio under Sarri welcome ex-coach Inzaghi's hopeful Inter

Lazio host Inter Milan in Serie A as Simone Inzaghi returns to face his former club in a highly anticipated clash between two traditional heavy weights of Italy.

Lazio, who started the new season under Mauricio Sarri brightly, the squad also seem to be adapting well to Sarriโ€™s system and have only stumbled against AC Milan and Bologna in the league.

But the nature of those defeats is something that will concern the former Chelsea coach as they were dismantled by Milan and Bologna with ease. Both those defeats also came away from home suggesting that Sarriโ€™s team may not be ready to compete with the current heavy weights of Italian football just yet, and Lazio will be tested to their limit against Inter Milan who have Sarriโ€™s predecessor , Simone Izaghi at the helm.

Lazio sit 6th in the league right now and would be hoping to break into the European spots before Christmas.

 

Inzaghiโ€™s Inter are unbeaten in the league currently and sit 3rd behind resurrected AC Milan side and a high flying Napoli who have a perfect record in the league right now.

 

Inzaghi who rose to fame as a manager at Lazio after consistently helping them finish in Europe with a unique style and system of play that maximized the output of an ageing squad, something Inzaghi has been able to do with this Inter squad too.

Especially after theyย  lost Lukaku and Conte in the summer, who were the main driving force behind the Nerazzurriโ€™s surprise scudetto win last season.

 

Inzaghi has brought in able replacements to replace the output of Lukaku and Hakimi, Dzeko and Dumfries have been consistently good for Inter this season.

Inter have only dropped points against Atalanta and Sampdoria only. Who drew with them in entertaining 2-2 draws. Inzaghi will be hoping that his former club would not put up too much of a fight as they are hot on the heels of the top 2.

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Lazio luckily have not seen their squad depleted due to injuries till now this season and will have a fully fit and firing squad at their disposal. Francesco Acerbi is the only player who will not be available for the match against Inter due to the red card he got in the previous round of fixtures.

LAZIO PROBABLE LINE UP-

 

Reina, Marusic, Luiz Felipe, Patric, Hsyaj, Leiva, Milenkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto, Felipe Anderson, Immobile and Pedro

 

Inter on the other hand are not so lucky but their squad is deep enough to make sure that a couple of injuries does not mean a stark drop in player quality of the starting 11. Eriksen who has not returned to training yet after he collapsed during the Euros will be unavailable. Steffano Sensi is the only other player not available for Inter against Lazio due to injury.

INTER MILAN PROBABLE LINE UP-

 

Handanovic, Skriniar, Bastoni, De Vrij, Dumfries, Barella, Borzovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco,Martinez and Dzeko

 

GAME CHANGERS

 

Ciro Immobile has been a consistent talisman for Lazio over the years, and he will surely be crucial for the Eagles as they welcome Inter to the Stadio Olimpico.ย He currently sits top of the Serie A scoring charts with 6 goals and is chased by the Inter pair of Dzeko and Martinez. Immobile would love to spoil his former manager’s return to Lazioโ€™sย Battleground.

But the shining light this season for Lazio has been the form of Sergej Milenkovic-Savic who has historically put in his best performances in recent years against Inter and would be hoping to do so again.

Dzeko and Martinez have 6 and 5 goals respectively in the league. But the standout performer for the Nerazzurri has been Nicolo Barella. Barella currently sits top of the assist charts in Serie A with 5 assists.

His all action displays in midfield have seen him become one of the best midfielders this season in Europe and Inter would be hoping he brings his โ€˜A- Gameโ€™ against Lazio.

 

PREDICTIONS

 

This game is going to be high on emotions as Inzaghi will return to face his former club at their home. Inzaghi who had become a fan favourite of the Lazio faithful will be hoping that his new team can banish the Eagles as he tries to follow up the class performance of Conteโ€™s Inter from last season.

Luckily for fans watching the game both managers like to attack so we expect goals. FootTheBall predicts this game between Lazio and Inter will end at 3-2 in Lazioโ€™s favour.

 

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