Serie A Preview: Lazio - Inter
Both sides require a victory and other results to go in their favor 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
Lazio continues to have a number of suspension and injury problems going into the 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 front. 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.
The other 10 players are expected to remain the same ones who started in the victory over AC Milan in the last round. 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 center half.
Dejan Stankovic is out with an Achilles problem and Joel Obi's presence is a doubt, but fellow midfielder Andrea Poli is once again available and expected to start on the bench. Giampaolo Pazzini, Diego Forlan, Ricardo Alvarez and Andrea Ranocchia all underwent a separate training program on Friday, but should all be ready to play, if necessary, according to the latest reports.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Lazio has only won once in its 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 loss to Catania to qualify for next season's Champions League.
- Inter has 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Lazio 1-3 Inter
- 19.81 %
Lazio 1-2 Inter
- 12.83 %
Lazio 0-2 Inter
- 11.09 %
|Serie A (ITA1)||May 8, 2013||Inter 1 - Lazio 3|
|Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 15, 2012||Lazio 1 - Inter 0|
|Serie A (ITA1)||May 13, 2012||Lazio 3 - Inter 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 22, 2012||Inter 2 - Lazio 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 23, 2011||Inter 2 - Lazio 1|
|May 26, 2013||AS Roma 0 - Lazio 1||ITAC|
|May 19, 2013||Cagliari 1 - Lazio 0||ITA1|
|May 12, 2013||Lazio 2 - Sampdoria 0||ITA1|
|May 8, 2013||Inter 1 - Lazio 3||ITA1|
|May 5, 2013||Lazio 6 - Bologna 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|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed