#InterStats Preview – Inter Vs Lazio: “Nerazzurri Up Against Most In-Form Side Of The Serie A”

#InterStats Preview – Inter Vs Lazio: “Nerazzurri Up Against Most In-Form Side Of The Serie A”
February 13, 2021 10:30
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Inter host Lazio in Match Day 22 of the 2020/21 Serie A season at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano’s San Siro district, tomorrow Sunday with kick-off scheduled for 20.45 CET.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides earlier on this season, points were shared after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 30th minute for Inter, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic equalised in the 55th minute.

Lazio are in fantastic form currently, the Biancocelesti are unbeaten in their last 7 matches, and have won their last 6 games in a row, most notably, beating their rivals Roma 3-0.

Lazio are in 4th spot tied with Roma on 40 points as of publication, and are 9 points behind league leaders AC Milan.

Inter are slowly building up their positive form again since the 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria on Match Day 16. In their 5 matches since then, Inter are unbeaten, winning 3 and drawing 2, most notably Inter’s 2-0 win over rivals Juventus.

Inter continue to occupy 2nd place in the table and remain 2 points behind Milan.

Historically, Inter have had the upper hand against Lazio. Of the 155 matches played between the two giants, Inter have won 64 times, 42 of those wins coming at home. Whereas Lazio have been more likely to get a draw than snatch the win.

Looking more recently, Inter have won 5 of the last 11 matches against Lazio, and only 2 of those have been while playing at home.

Lazio on the other hand have won 4 times in the previous 11, and only 2 of those wins have been at Inter’s home ground.

Historically, Inter are clearly the stronger side, but Lazio have definitely closed that gap over the last decade or so and the result can clearly go either way.

Inter’s top scorer this season continues to be star man Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian powerhouse has scored 14 times in Serie A games, tied second with Ciro Immobile for the league’s top scorers, 2 goals behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo.

As a team, Inter remain the top scorers in the league this week, now on 51 goals. Defensively, Inter remain unchanged in the table for conceded goals with 23.

This places them as joint 4th best with Hellas Verona, and is 5 more than what Juventus have let in, who have the lowest total of conceded goals in the league.

Ciro Immobile has scored 14 times in the Serie A this season as mentioned and has contributed to almost half of all of Lazio’s goals this season.

As a team, Lazio have scored 36 goals, which puts them in 7th place for the highest scoring team, and defensively, Lazio have conceded 27 times, putting them in 6th place.

Key players for each side are Nicolo Barella for Inter, and Luis Alberto for Lazio. Barella has shown everyone how important he is to Inter this season, and has played a key part in Inter’s push up the table.

The Italian midfield dynamo has featured in every league game so far, and has contributed 3 goals himself, one in inter’s crucial win over Juve.

Luis Alberto is such a pleasing player to watch. He is very important to Lazio’s campaign, and could easily be the deciding factor in the result of the match.

The Spanish playmaker has featured 18 times for Lazio this season, and has bagged 6 goals, including a brace in Lazio’s 3-0 win over Roma.

This fixture has often been the deciding factor of each sides campaigns, and tonight may keep that trend going.  This is sure to be an exciting match.

Hit us up on InterStats & SempreInter on Twitter using #InterStats before, during and after the game for coverage of the fixture.

By Michael Findlay
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