This is a game between two teams who have changed the landscape of Italian football in the past nine months. Although it doesn’t involve Juventus, this can also be described as potential Serie A title decider. Yes, you heard that right.
Inter Milan travel to Rome to take on the second-highest scoring side in the league, SS Lazio. Separated by only one point on the log table, this fixture is some sort of final for both sides, with a lot on the line. Both sides have something in common when it comes to toppling the current hierarchy at the top of Italian club football.
The Roman side were the first to do the double over Juventus this season (in the league and in the Super Coppa Italia). Inter Milan, on the other hand, have pushed Juve all the way this season in a bid to wrestle the league supremacy out of their hands.
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While both sides have conceded the same amount of goals this season (20), Lazio have scored five more goals (53) than Inter Milan (48). And all these numbers lead to one conclusion: There’s little next to nothing that separates these sides.
So, who will win this game? Are there any factors that may predict which way this game will eventually go?
Ciro Immobile and Romelu Lukaku
These two players can’t seem to stop scoring. Although he hasn’t scored in their last two games, Immobile scored seven goals for Lazio between 5th of January and the 18th of the same month. In the 23 league games he has played for Lazio this season, he has scored 25 goals.
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At the other end of the pitch, there’s the player who some thought his first touch on the ball lacked quality. Revitalized by Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku has become one of Italian football’s finest scorers this season, scoring almost an average of one per game in his last 10 for the Nerrazurri.
The Premier League’s most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, once claimed, “Attack wins you games, defense wins you titles.” This is one of the most popular quotes in the world of football today. And it is what has made these two teams an exception in the league today.
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As mentioned earlier, both teams are tied when it comes to league goals conceded this season, 20. And the top-notch defense of both sides could determine how this game plays out.
Both sides rarely score when these two teams meet. Both sides have scored in two of the last 10 editions of this contest, with only one ending in a goalless draw. While Lazio have won just three of the last 10 meetings, Inter boast a superior record, winning half of the last 10 meetings with their Roman opponents.
Nine red cards have been shown in the last 10 meetings between these two sides. Will there be a red card shown in this contest? If yes, which player do you think will be sent off? Which team do you think will win this game? Drop your comments and join the conversation.