Serie A is back from the International break with a bang, as Lazio and Inter prepare to lock horns in one of the most interesting games of the weekend.
Lazio enter this game with much to prove, as Maurizio Sarri's men have only been capable of winning once in their last four games. Their last result before the break saw Le Aquile earn a disappointing three-nil defeat against Bologna, which saw them slip down the rankings to sixth place, the first time they found themselves out of the top five teams in the league.
When it comes to individual performances, Lazio will surely rely on striker Ciro Immobile, one of the top scorers in the league with six goals to his name. The Italian capital side will also want to get Luis Alberto and Felipe Anderson involved in the game, as they have handed three and two assists respectively this season. Whatever chances Lazio have of winning this match will be closely connected to the performances of these three men.
On the other side of the pitch will be Inter. The defending champions have successfully remained unbeaten after seven games in the Italian top-flight, but sadly it has not been enough for them to lead the league. Right now, the nerazzurri side is ranked third behind Napoli (21 pts) and Milan, who are two points ahead of them. Inter's last game before the International break ended in a 2-1 come-from behind win against Sassuolo.
The fate of Simone Inzaghi's men will surely have to do with the performances of three footballers: Edin Dzeko, Lautaro Martínez, and Nicolo Barella. Dzeko and Martínez are involved in the top scorer race, with the Bosnian striker scoring six times during this season. Meanwhile, Martínez has scored five times for the nerazzurri, keeping him in contention for the Golden Boot in Italy. As for Barella, the midfielder has handed out five assists this season, which make him the leader in the Italian league.
While both sides may enjoy a full squad to choose from, they might be wary of those players who left for the international break, especially those who played in South America. The reason to mention this is that some of those footballers may not make it back in time or fit to play their matches since their activity with their national teams ended in the earlier hours of Friday in Italy.
Lazio vs Inter Milan - Who's in and who's out?
Lazio - Injured: Francesco Acerbi.
Inter Milan - No missing players.
Lazio vs Inter Milan - Head-to-head stats
The most recent match between these teams ended in a 3-1 victory for Inter last season.
The last game at Stadio Olimpico between Inter and Lazio concluded in a one-all draw.
Inter have won three of their last six games at Stadio Olimpico when facing Lazio in all comps.
Lazio have only won one of their last five games at home when facing Inter. That game took place on February 16, 2020 and ended with a 2-1 win for I Biancocelesti.
Simone Inzaghi will return to Stadio Olimpico as Inter's boss following his six-year stint as Lazio's boss. Last season, the Italian boss led the Eagles to a sixth-place finish.
Lazio's boss Maurizio Sarri will face Inter for the 12th time. His record so far shows five wins, three draws, and three losses.
Simone Inzaghi and Maurizio Sarri will face each other for the eighth time as coaches. Their previous seven games have seen Sarri claim four wins, with one draw and two victories for Inzaghi.
Broadcast info - Lazio vs Inter Milan
In Italy: DAZN.
In the U.K.: BT Sport App, BT Sport 1, BTSport.com.
In the U.S.: Paramount+.
In Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones, Movistar+.
In Germany: DAZN, DAZN1.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Voetbal.
In Argentina: Star+, ESPN Play Sur, ESPN Sur.
In Mexico: Star+, ESPN2 Norte, ESPN Play Norte.
In Australia: beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports.
Lazio vs Internazionale Broadcast Information
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Canada: fuboTV Canada
France: Free, beIN Sports 1, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN1, DAZN
India: Voot Select, JioTV
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 2 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports MAX HD
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Voetbal
Nigeria: Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, DStv Now, SuperSport Football Nigeria, SuperSport Variety 3 Nigeria
Portugal: Sport TV Multiscreen, Sport TV3
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones, Movistar+
Turkey: S Sport+, S Sport 2
United Kingdom: BTSport.com, BT Sport App, BT Sport 1
United States: Paramount+