Sunday’s Serie A action caps off at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio and Inter go head-to-head in a blockbuster contest. Fresh off qualifying for the Champions League knockouts, both sides return to domestic football keen to impress.
How to Watch Lazio vs Inter?
Lazio vs Inter will be streamed on Paramount+ for US-based fans, and will be visible on TNT Sports 2 in the UK. Italians fans can watch the game on DAZN.
For the Serie A fixture between Lazio and Inter, tickets can typically be found on the clubs’ official websites or through authorized ticket vendors. Fans looking to attend the match at the respective stadiums would be well-advised to check the clubs’ ticketing sections for availability, pricing, and any specific instructions regarding ticket purchase.
What Happened in the Buildup?
Lazio slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday but still locked down a knockout berth as Group E runners-up. Reaching the Champions League round of 16 for only the third time in the 21st century could be a turning point for Maurizio Sarri’s underachieving side. They commence this weekend stranded in the Serie A mid-table.
Another scoring blank at the Estadio Metropolitano deepened Biancocelesti’s scoring woes. Goals have been at a premium for Lazio. After bagging one goal or fewer in five of their last six league games, the hosts come into proceedings lamenting the joint-worst record of 16 amongst the sides starting this round in the upper half of the table.
Meanwhile, Inter had to settle for a runner-up finish in Group D following an uneventful 0-0 draw against group winners Real Sociedad on Tuesday. Despite going unbeaten in all six European outings (W3, D3), Simone Inzaghi’s side secured a third consecutive knockout progression from second place, courtesy of an inferior goal difference.
While barely averaging 1.33 goals per game in continental action, Inter have been raining down goals in Serie A. As the only side to have hit a 30-goal landmark after the opening 15 rounds, Nerazzurri top the scoring charts in Italy’s top flight with 37 following a 4-0 rout of Udinese last weekend.
Serie A Picture
Lazio let a narrow halftime lead slip through their fingers in a gut-wrenching 1-1 draw against 10-man Hellas Verona last weekend. A frustrating result at Marc’Antonio Bentegodi marked their fourth winless league match in five (D2, L2). However, they’re still within striking distance of the top four.
With fourth-placed Roma only four points away, Lazio can reignite their Champions League qualification pursuit with an unlikely win against Inter. Yet, the recent H2H stakes in Rome tell a different story. Sarri’s lads have emerged victorious in three of their last four home encounters against Nerazzurri, barring a 1-1 draw in October 2020.
Desperate to halt their barren run at the Stadio Olimpico, Inter seem well-positioned to post their first Serie A win at this venue since famously humbling Lazio 3-0 in October 2018. Inzaghi’s high-flyers have only dropped points once on their seven league travels in 2023/24 (W6, D1) en route to establishing themselves as the division’s supreme force.
Inter’s away showings have displayed a perfect balance between attacking proclivities and defensive resilience. Not only do they boast the joint-best scoring record of 16 away goals, but they’ve also conceded a league-low two goals on the road. It’s enough to conclude their confidence is at an all-time high going into this matchup.
These are uncertain times for under-pressure Lazio boss Sarri. Having four vital first-team members on the sidelines doesn’t play into his hands. Alessio Romagnoli, Gustav Isaksen, and Patric are in the treatment room, joined by Adam Marusic, who picked up an injury against Verona.
Despite Felipe Anderson’s contractual standstill, the Brazilian winger is a frontrunner to partner up with Ciro Immobile and Mattia Zaccagni in attack. In the engine room, Nicolo Rovella could surrender his place in the starting XI to Daichi Kamada after a string of unconvincing performances.
How Could Lazio Line Up?
(4-3-3): Ivan Provedel; Elseid Hysaj, Mario Gila, Nicolo Casale, Manuel Lazzari; Matteo Guendouzi, Daichi Kamada, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile, Mattia Zaccagni .
This trip comes amidst an injury crisis at Inter. Star right-back Denzel Dumfries has suffered a muscle problem, adding to Inzaghi’s selection headaches. Benjamin Pavard and Stefan de Vrij are out injured, meaning Alessandro Bastoni and Matteo Darmian should line up alongside Francesco Acerbi in the back three.
Lautaro Martinez will regain his starting role after Alexis Sanchez’s dismal midweek showing in the Champions League. The same goes for Nicolo Barella, who started on the bench against Sociedad at the expense of summer acquisition Davide Frattesi.
How Could Inter Line Up?
(3-5-2): Yann Sommer; Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian, Francesco Acerbi; Federico Dimarco, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Hakan Calhanoglu, Nicolo Barella, Juan Cuadrado; Marcus Thuram, Lautaro Martinez.
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