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  • May 13, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 50000
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Lazio - Inter Preview: Outsiders for third place battle for Champions League football at the Stadio Olimpico

Lazio - Inter Preview: Outsiders for third place battle for Champions League football at the Stadio Olimpico

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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

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

LAZIO

Bizzarri
Konko, Diakite, Biava, Scaloni
Gonzalez, Ledesma
Candreva, Mauri, Lulic
Klose
INTER

Castellazzi
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Guarin, Alvarez
Milito, Pazzini

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.

Players to watch

M. Klose

Position: Attacker

Games: 13

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Lazio have certainly missed the presence of the Germany international and his attacking instincts pitted against veterans Lucio and Samuel should prove an intriguing battle. If Klose can make the right runs, the Inter back four could revert to a shaky state as it has many times this season.

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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Since the turn of the calendar year, Milito has scored 20 of his 23 league goals, a total only shy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Serie A. The Argentine veteran has come up with so many crucial strikes in a season of mixed results for the club and was at his clinical with his hat-trick versus Milan last week.

Editor's Prediction

With both teams desperate for three points as they roll the dice for their final shot at Champions League football next season, you can count on plenty of chances and fireworks in Rome. The superior quality of a healthier Inter side should win out in the end, but it will probably be too little, too late for third place.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Lazio

Internazionale

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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SS Lazio Lazio
Draw
FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
23%
72%

Top 3 Predictions

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1 - 3
FC Internazionale Milano INT
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1 - 2
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