There are new leaders at the top of Serie A, and Inter Milan will be looking to stay there after this enticing round of fixtures in Italy. The league leaders travel to in-form Lazio, who themselves will have one on the Serie A title. However, which side will be claiming the victory from this fixture?
Lazio vs Inter Milan
Lazio are enjoying a season to remember, and their run of 18 games without defeat has led to them being a popular pick among punters for the league title. They have been one of the most fascinating sides to watch this season, but they will be tested to the limit against Inter Milan.
Inter find themselves in control of their own destiny at the top of Serie A for the first time in ten years. Their last success in the domestic league came in their treble-winning season under Jose Mourinho, but Antonio Conte’s arrival in the summer of 2019 has made them a serious player in Italy once again. Fans would have been thinking that the title was slipping out of their grasps last time out before Inter showcased their championship-winning credentials with an excellent fightback in the second half.
Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired the travelling AC Milan into a 2-0 half time lead in the derby last time out. However, Inter came back in style and were level within ten minutes of the restart. Marcelo Brozovic scored the opening goal before Matias Vecino levelled the scored. Inter went ahead through Stefan de Vrij with 20 minutes remaining, before Romelu Lukaku made sure of the win in the final stages.
This will be a much sterner test for Inter, as they are coming up against one of the most in-form sides in European football. Lazio have only lost twice all season and have won three of their last five games in Serie A. Their win against Parma last time out means that they are just a point behind Inter at the top. Punters will be aware this will be a tight fixture, and that could mean that the draw may be the best option.
Atalanta vs Roma
The battle for a top four finish in Serie A this season is also an enticing battle. Two teams who will be hoping to win that race will do battle this coming weekend as Roma travel to Atalanta. The home side currently have the advantage as they are three points ahead of Roma, but a win for the visitors could see them make the remainder of the season very uncomfortable for Atalanta.
Roma have been in poor form over recent weeks as they have won just once in their previous five. During this run, they have also lost three times, and that includes two defeats in a row. The most recent defeat that they suffered came against Bologna. Roma came from behind before Musa Barrow’s second goal of the game meant that Roma were unable to get back in touch.
Meanwhile, Atalanta have been doing well over recent weeks and haven’t lost in three. During that run, they have won twice. However, their inconsistent results mean that Roma are still on their tails. Atalanta have scored more goals than any other side in Serie A this season, as their total of 61 is eight better than the next best record. However, they do have defensive issues as they have conceded more goals than any other side in the top six. That weak backbone will ensure that gamblers will look at Roma to win this fixture, but their recent poor form means that the home advantage will be crucial to bettors.