MILAN – Inter’s next league fixture is fast approaching: at 15:00 CEST on Sunday 4 October, the Nerazzurri will take to the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico on matchday three in Serie A. Inter will head into the game on the back of wins against Fiorentina and Benevento in the league, during which Antonio Conte’s men have scored nine goals. Inzaghi’s Lazio, meanwhile, beat Cagliari but lost to Atalanta in their opening two fixtures.
Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 27 Padelli, 97 Radu
Defenders: 6 de Vrij, 11 Kolarov, 13 Ranocchia, 31 Pirola, 33 D’Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 95 Bastoni
Midfielders: 2 Hakimi, 5 Gagliardini, 12 Sensi, 14 Perisic, 15 Young, 22 Vidal, 23 Barella, 24 Eriksen, 77 Brozovic
Forwards: 7 Sanchez, 9 Lukaku, 10 Lautaro Martinez, 99 Pinamonti
NUMBERS AND STATISTICS
Inter and Lazio will be meeting for the 155th time in Serie A. The Nerazzurri currently have the edge over their opponents, with their record against the Biancocelesti reading as follows: 64 wins, 53 draws and 37 defeats.
There have been 77 encounters between Lazio and Inter with the former as the home team. Since the 2014/15 season, the Nerazzurri have won four away matches against the Biancocelesti in Serie A (L2): only against Udinese have they recorded more victories on the road in the same period (five). The Nerazzurri and Biancocelesti haven’t drawn at the Olimpico in the league since March 2008.
TRIVIA: INTER ARE THE TEAM TO HAVE SCORED THE MOST GOALS SINCE THE SERIE A RESTART IN JUNE
Inter have scored nine goals in their first two matches this season (four at home to Fiorentina and five away to Benevento). The Nerazzurri have never done better after two matchdays in this regard. Inter’s goalscoring record after three matches in the Italian top flight is 13, which they achieved in 1960/61. Since the league restarted after lockdown, Inter are the team to have scored the most goals (41) in Serie A.
ANTONIO CONTE'S WORDS
"As regards Lazio, we’ll be coming up against an excellent team who had ambitions to win the Scudetto last year. We’ll need to be attentive and look to carry on down the same path. "We’re all curious to see what answers we have when it comes to matches like this one, but we’re working on certain situations and we’re working well. We want to continue the journey we’re on and do our best in the process."
Like Inter, Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio side kicked off their season on matchday two and then played their rearranged matchday one fixture on Wednesday 30 September. After a 2-0 victory over Cagliari, the Biancocelesti suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Atalanta, meaning they’ve picked up three points from two matches. In 2020, Lazio are the team that have picked up the most points from losing positions (19) in the Top Five European leagues.
Marco Guida will be the referee, and he’ll be assisted by Carbone and Longo. Massa has been named as the fourth official, while Irrati and Vivenzi will be in charge of VAR.
SUSPENSIONS AND THOSE WALKING THE TIGHTROPE
Antonio Conte has lost just one of his past eight fixtures in Serie A against Lazio, winning five and drawing two.
Lazio’s coach, Simone Inzaghi, has lost three home games against Inter: he hasn’t lost more home matches against any other team in the competition (three against Napoli and Juventus).
These are Inter’s upcoming fixtures
Lazio vs. INTER | Sunday 4 October, 15:00 CEST
INTER vs. AC Milan | Saturday 17 October, 18:00 CEST
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHDAY ONE | GROUP B
INTER vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach - Wednesday 21 October, 21:00 CEST
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