On Sunday, February 14, 2021, the San Siro hosts Inter vs Lazio in Matchday 22 of the 2020/21 Serie A.
In the 177 times that the two clubs have played each other in Serie A, the Biancocelesti have won on 46 occasions, the Nerazzurri have won on 72 occasions and there have been 59 draws. When playing at home, Inter has a record of 47W-28D-14L against Lazio.
As it stands in the top flight of Italian football, the Biancocelesti sit in fourth with a record of 12-4D-5L (40 points) and the Nerazzurri sit in second with a record of 14W-5D-2L (47 points).
Expected Starting Lineups
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Vidal, Young; Lautaro, Lukaku
- Unavailable: –
- One yellow card away from suspension: Barella, Bastoni, Brozovic
Lazio (3-5-2): Reina; Musacchio, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile
- Unavailable: Luiz Felipe, Strakosha
- One yellow card away from suspension: Caicedo, Escalante, Fares, Hoedt
This match takes place after Lazio won 1-0 against Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 21 of the 2020/21 Serie A. It was a great result from the Biancocelesti, who put forth a strong performance and limited Cagliari’s chances. With this result, they picked up their sixth consecutive win in the top flight of Italian football and extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in the league.
Ciro Immobile returned to his scoring ways after failing to score in their previous match versus Atalanta. The Italian’s game-winner was his seventh this season as he continues to show great form. Immobile has scored in eight of Lazio’s past ten matches in Serie A and has contributed two assists during that span as well.
Inter will also look to tame Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this weekend, as he has been very successful against the Nerazzurri, scoring in three of the past four matches between these two sides.
In Inter’s recent match against Fiorentina, they won 2-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina never posed a real threat against Inter as they managed just three shots on target. La Viola were without many notable players such as Gaetano Castrovilli and Franck Ribery; this left them in a vulnerable position and Inter took full advantage of their opportunity.
A player that Lazio will need to look out for is Nicolo Barella. He continues to have a dominant season and is a potential candidate to be the league’s best midfielder this season. He had an impressive performance vs Fiorentina as he scored a brilliant individual goal which led to the game-winner.
As for Inter’s talisman, Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker has cooled off in Serie A. He has scored only two goals in the club’s last six matches.
Lazio are unbeaten in their last two encounters against Inter in Serie A (win and draw). However, it is important to note that it has been a close affair between the two sides in more recent times, as in the past eleven matches, Inter holds a slight edge with five wins, two draws and four losses. Although Lazio have been the more fortunate side in the past few matches, it is important to note that six of their past seven meetings have been decided by a goal or less.
Coming into this match, Inter have earned four straight clean sheets and have been hard to break down in their own end. The Nerazzurri have been in great form when it comes to Serie A as they have just one loss in their past 17 matches. As a result, if Lazio are to advance further and stay within the top four spots, they will need to be highly motivated, not let their guard down and take advantage of a determined and confident Inter side.
Inter 1-2 Lazio