Roma will be hoping that their city Rivals Lazio can do them a favour and beat Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday to at least give them hope of winning the scudetto. The Giallorosso, who trail Inter by 2 points, travel to the Stadio Ennio Tardini tomorrow to play against Parma knowing that anything other than a win will surely end their title hopes.
After qualifying for the Champions League final for the first time since 1972, and having made it through to the Copa Italia final,the Nerazzurri are enjoying the kind of form that is only comparable to the great Inter side of the 60s.
Moreover, Sunday’s opponents Lazio should not be too difficult a team for them to beat considering that the Biancocelesti are fifth from bottom and could very well be relegated if they lose their remaining fixtures.
Inter go into Sunday’s game on the back of convincing league victories over Atalanta and Juventus bringing their tally to 3 wins out of their last 5 Serie A games. Catania and Roma are the only clubs to have beaten Inter in the Serie A this year and if your guess is as good as mine then predicting the outcome of this match will not be too hard.
Lazio on the other hand have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 game in their last 5 outings. However, the surprising fact is that the Biancocelesti have proved to be no pushovers and have managed to get a result from their matches against bigger clubs this year – with Roma and Sampdoria being the only clubs to beat them. They have drawn with Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan and Napoli and coach Edy Reja will draw on these experiences when he faces the defending champions.
Mourinho will not take this match lightly and will make only small changes if any to his squad. After impressing against Barcelona on Wednesday in a midfield position, Romanian international Christian Chivu could start again on Sunday with Inter’s back line of Cordoba, Samuel, Lucio and Maicon remaining unchanged. Pandev remains a doubt, however, Inter have shown that Eto’o and Milito are capable of scoring in his absence.
Lazio coach Edy Reja is spoiled for choice up front as he looks to create a killer attack. Reja can pick from Tommaso Rocchi, Mauro Zarate and former Inter striker Julio Cruz ( in case you have been wondering where Cruz went, now you know)
Lazio will also have the support of their home crowd and this could also be another factor that plays to their advantage. Inter have not had a good record on the road especially last month when they lost twice and drew once.
That said, Inter’s current form makes them favourites to win this game. I predict a 2-1 win in favour of the Nerazzurri.
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