Lazio - Inter Preview: Outsiders for third place battle for Champions League football at the Stadio Olimpico
Both sides require a victory and other results to go in their favour as Serie A comes to a close if they are to play in Europe's premier club competition in 2012-13
By Adam Scime
Konko, Diakite, Biava, Scaloni
Gonzalez, LedesmaCandreva, Mauri, Lulic
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Guarin, Alvarez
Lazio continue to have a number of suspension and injury problems going into their final league match of the season.
The good news for coach Edy Reja is that Miroslav Klose, after making his comeback from a thigh problem as a substitute last week, is ready to start up ront. However, influential midfielders Hernanes and Matuzalem remain sidelined, as does versatile defender Stefan Radu and veteran striker Tommaso Rocchi.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri and defender Giuseppe Biava should be in for the suspended Federico Marchetti and Andre Dias respectively, barring successful late appeals.
Inter's major absentee is goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is banned after picking up a booking in the 4-2 derby win over rivals AC Milan last weekend, so Luca Castellazzi will make his eighth appearance of the campaign between the sticks.
In-form Diego Milito is set to lead the line again and Walter Samuel, who penned a new one-year contract this week, is set to partner Lucio at centre-half.
Dejan Stankovic is out with an achilles problem and Joel Obi's presence is a doubt, while Wesley Sneijder is absent due to a slight muscular problem and Mauro Zarate has been left out as a tactical choice, meaning the recovered Andrea Poli or Giampaolo Pazzini will take the Dutchman's place in the starting XI.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Lazio have only won once in their last 16 games in Serie A versus the Nerazzurri.
- The Biancocelesti ended a five-match winless run with a 2-0 victory at Atalanta last weekend, with goals from Libor Kozak and Lorik Cana.
- The hosts need a victory and an Udinese lossto Catania to qualify for next season's Champions League.
- Inter have only lost one of eight matches under new coach Andrea Stramaccioni, winning five and drawing the other two.
- The visitors have only emerged victors in one of their last five away fixtures, and have an overall record of W7 D3 L8.
- The Nerazzurri can only qualify for the Champions League if they win, Napoli fail to win against Siena, and Udinese lose to Catania.
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Top 3 Predictions
Lazio 1-3 Inter
- 19.81 %
Lazio 1-2 Inter
- 12.83 %
Lazio 0-2 Inter
- 11.09 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 9, 2013||Inter 1 - Lazio 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 16, 2012||Lazio 1 - Inter 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 14, 2012||Lazio 3 - Inter 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 23, 2012||Inter 2 - Lazio 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 23, 2011||Inter 2 - Lazio 1|
|May 12, 2013||Lazio 2 - Sampdoria 0||ITA1|
|May 9, 2013||Inter 1 - Lazio 3||ITA1|
|May 5, 2013||Lazio 6 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Apr 28, 2013||Parma 0 - Lazio 0||ITA1|
|Apr 21, 2013||Udinese 1 - Lazio 0||ITA1|
|-||Stephen Ayodele Makinwa||Striker|
|4||Javier Adelmar Zanetti||Defender|
|25||Walter Adrian Samuel||Defender|
|19||Esteban Matias Cambiasso||Midfielder|
|11||Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez||Midfielder|
|22||Diego Alberto Milito||Striker|
|-||Iván Ramiro Córdoba||Defender|
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