Prediction and odds for the game: Inter (2/5) vs Lazio (13/2)
We are backing Inter half-time/full-time at odds of 23/20
When: Sunday 9 January 2022, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Giuseppe Meazza
On Sunday night, Inter will look to maintain or even strengthen their lead at the top of Serie A, as they welcome Lazio to the Giuseppe Meazza.
The Italian champions were on a superb run of form before the winter break. The Nerazzurri were set to return to action on Thursday, but for a break out of Covid-19 in opponents Bologna’s camp. Inter are now just a point clear of arch-rivals Milan at the top of Serie A, although they have a game in hand on the Rossoneri.
Before the break, Inter were unbeaten in 11 Serie A games, having recorded seven straight wins. The Nerazzurri have been highly effective at both ends of the field of late. In attack, they have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven league matches. At the other end of the pitch, Simone Inzaghi’s side has also kept six straight clean sheets in the Italian top-flight.
Inter are formidable opponents at San Siro, as they are unbeaten in 26 Serie A games on home soil. The only teams to have even taken a point from their trips to Inter in their last 25 home games are Juventus and Atalanta.
The visitor’s form has been inconsistent under Maurizio Sarri so far this season. However, the team from the eternal city heads into this game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run in Serie A.
A 3-3 draw with Empoli in their game of 2022 saw the Biancocelesti produce an unconvincing performance, where they needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to rescue a point.
The big positive for Lazio was another prolific scoring display, as they have now scored at least three goals in five of their previous six matches in the Italian top-flight. However, they have also not kept a clean sheet in eight Serie A outings.
Lazio don’t have a great recent away record, as they have won just two of the last nine league matches on their travels. However, both of those away wins have come in their last three away games in Serie A.
The visitor’s recent away matches have certainly been entertaining fare, as their last seven away matches in the Italian top-flight have produced over 2.5 goals.
Inter will fancy their chances of recording another victory in this clash. The home offers little value, but the Inter half-time/full-time looks like a decent bet. The bet we are taking a punt on is Lazio Ciro Immobile to be an anytime goalscorer, as the Italian forward has been prolific this season and could be the man to breach the Nerazzurri’s defence.
Our Tips: We are backing Inter half-time/full-time at 23/20 and/or Ciro Immobile to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 15/8. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Will Inter continue their superb home run or can Lazio pull off a shock at San Siro?