After winning their first two Serie A matches of the season, Inter Milan will compete against Lazio on Friday. The team captained by Simone Inzaghi presently is in second place in Serie A with six points, level on points with both Napoli and Roma but lagging behind Napoli due to a greater goal differential. They just defeated Spezia at home by a score of 3-0 and have only let up one goal all season. On the other hand, Lazio are now in ninth position in Serie A after two matches and have accumulated four points. After playing Torino on the road, Sarri's squad played to a scoreless tie. The home team prevailed in both of these teams' two matchups against each other during the previous season.
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Date: Friday, Aug. 26 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ETLocation: Stadio Olimpico -- Rome, ItalyTV and live stream: Paramount+Odds: Lazio +300; Draw +275; Inter Milan -115
Reports from the team
Although he attempted just nine crosses against Torino and did not finish a single effort, Maurizio Sarri showed some promising indicators in the first two matches of the season for Lazio. Despite this, Lazio won both of their games. During the previous campaign, Lazio had the worst cross completion percentage in the league at only 20%. This season, Lazio's defense has been outstanding, allowing just one goal, which is tied for third-fewest in Serie A along with five other clubs. The Serie A player with the greatest percentage of shots that are on target this season is Ciro Immobile, who has a mark of 80%. During the previous campaign, he scored 27 goals, earning him the Golden Boot award. This is his first goal of the season, and it came in the very first game, which was played against Bologna.
As Inzaghi said in the pre-match news conference for Inter Milan, the team would undergo certain personnel adjustments before the game. In order to increase the amount of pressure placed on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in his role as a defensive midfielder, it is expected that Roberto Gagliardini will start in place of Hakan Calhanoglu. Four of the five goals that Inter have scored so far this season in Serie A have come from within the opponent's penalty area. The previous year, Inter scored 76 of their 84 goals from within the box, which was the most in Serie A. One of the only two players on Inter who have scored a goal and recorded an assist so far this season is Lautaro Martinez. This season in Serie A, he and Romelu Lukaku are two of the 10 players who have scored at least one goal and provided an assist each.
A match that will be tough to forecast since it features two clubs who will battle it out until the very end for the top places in the current Serie A. In previous years, Lazio has been a difficult opponent for Inter Milan. Pick: Inter Milan 2, Lazio 2.