Round three of the 2022/2023 Italian Serie A season will be played this weekend, and there are some eye-catching fixtures on the programme. Battles rage at both ends of the ladder, with the various title hopefuls looking to strengthen their hand while those with the threat of relegation already hanging over them desperate for a favourable result.
The match that caught our attention will be played at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio welcome Inter Milan for 90 minutes of action that could help shape the division. The locals are out to make their home advantage count while the visitors seek three points that’ll bring them up to speed with the early front-runners. Will we see Lazio or Inter Milan celebrating at the full-time whistle? That’s a question our team of Italian football lovers and sportsbook experts aim to answer.
Lazio and Inter Milan met twice last season, with the team playing at home, winning on each occasion. Lazio bagged victory at this venue last October thanks to an impressive 3-1 result but couldn’t do the double, with Milan firing back with a 2-1 home win. Both teams have scored in each of the last five renewals of this fixture, and armchair fans preparing to watch this match on television hope for more of the same.
Lazio is unbeaten so far
Lazio started this week in sixth place following an unbeaten start to the season, taking four points from the first six that were available to them. The locals got off the mark with victory in their opening game of the campaign but were held to a draw last weekend, meaning all eyes are on the team to see how they fare on matchday three. Will they return to winning ways and keep tabs on the leaders or drop more points and move towards the middle of the league? Fans can’t wait to find out.
Matchday one saw Lazio get off to the best possible start when they fought back from 1-0 down at home against Bologna to win the match 2-1. It was a bad-tempered affair with the official showing two red cards in the first half, sending off Arantes Maximiano inside the opening six minutes of the contest before Soumaoro was sent packing in added-on time at the end of the first half, levelling the score at 10 players each. A De Silvestri own goal on 68 minutes and Immobile strike on 79 turned the game in Lazio’s favour.
Fans had less to cheer last weekend when watching Lazio take only a point from a road trip to Torino on Saturday. It was a match most followers of Serie A would have expected Lazio to win and collect all three points, but they failed to break down a stuffy opponent who was organised and worked hard throughout the contest. The 0-0 result meant it wasn’t a game for the fans or lovers of free-flowing football, but it was a fair result with neither team deserving to win the match, but it would have been harsh to see one club lose.
Milan is going great guns
Many respected pundits picked Inter Milan to go and win the Serie A title again this season, and it isn’t easy to write them off. Inter have the experience and squad depth needed to challenge for the top prize in Italian football this year, but they must be prepared for a long, tough season where consistency will be key to success. The fans will also play their part, especially when the club travels.
Milan enters game three of the season with six points on the board from a possible six, winning each of their opening two matches. Inter expected a strong start, and they lived up to the hype by reeling off two wins, with everyone connected to the team wishing for a treble. Three victories on the bounce are not beyond Inter Milan, and they will arrive at the Stadio Olimpico looking to continue their winning ways. That’s easier said than done, of course, but there’s no reason why the visitors can’t get the result they are after.
Inter opened their season with an eye-catching and confidence-boosting win over Lecce on their travels, winning a competitive match by a 2-1 scoreline but were pushed hard by their opponents. They followed that with a 3-0 home win over Spezia last week, entering the break with a 1-0 win before opening their sails and scoring another two during the second 45. It was a show of strength from Inter Milan, but there’s more to come from this team, and we’ll see it here.
Lazio v Inter Milan prediction
Lazio will be roared on by their loyal support at their home venue, with supporters looking for a similar effort to the one we saw last season when Lazio beat Inter Milan 3-1 in an action-packed match. It wouldn’t be the biggest shock of the season to see the locals do something similar here, but they must take their chances as Inter Milan is a real threat.
The visitors shouldn’t be written off here as if they play to the best of their ability, they will be more than good enough to take the three points back to Milan. They arrive with a 100% record from their opening two games of the Serie A season and are joint top of the league. The stats at this stage show Milan has more wins than Lazio, scored three more goals, and conceded the same as their opponents, with both sides allowing just one against them.
Serie A odds
The pre-match betting odds offered by 22bet allow members to make predictions on the outcome of this match involving Lazio and Inter Milan and then place bets. The pre-match gambling odds available price Lazio at 3.76 for the victory, with Inter Milan trading at 1.895 and the draw, is 3.86. There are also several exciting specials, including both teams to score, handicap and total goals.
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