In what promises to be a clash of titans, Inter Milan and Lazio are set to face off in the semi-final of the Supercoppa Italiana at the KSU Stadium.
This highly-anticipated match will determine who will advance to the final against either Napoli or Fiorentina in Saudi Arabia.
Inter Milan, last year’s champions after a resounding 3-0 victory over AC Milan, are eager to make the most of their manager’s cup-winning expertise.
Simone Inzaghi’s side enters the game with high spirits following their dominant 5-1 win against Monza in Serie A.
The star striker, Lautaro Martinez, has been in sensational form, scoring 18 league goals and adding two more in the Champions League, bringing his overall tally to an impressive 20 goals in all competitions.
With Martinez leading the attack, Inter Milan is confident of securing a third consecutive victory in all competitions.
However, standing in their way is Lazio, led by manager Maurizio Sarri. Sarri has not shied away from criticizing the competition, expressing his displeasure with Italian football’s decision to host the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia.
Despite Sarri’s reservations, Lazio has been in excellent form, securing five consecutive victories in all competitions, including a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lecce.
With three clean sheets in their recent games, Lazio’s defense will be motivated to shut down Inter Milan’s potent attack.
In their previous encounters, Inter Milan emerged victorious in the last two meetings between the teams, including a convincing 2-0 win at the Olimpico in mid-December.
This recent form gives the Nerazzurri an added advantage as they enter the semi-final clash.
Inter Milan’s only injury concern is Juan Cuadrado, who is expected to be sidelined until March due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Despite limited game time, Marcus Thuram is likely to partner with Lautaro Martinez in the starting lineup.
Lazio, on the other hand, has a few absences and doubts to contend with. Patric suffered a shoulder injury against Lecce, Taty Castellanos will be out for approximately a week, and Mattia Zaccagni is doubtful due to a foot injury.
Ciro Immobile, Lazio’s forward, has struggled to find his scoring touch this season, with only four goals in Serie A and none in other competitions since his brace against Celtic in late November’s Champions League.
Inter Milan: (3-5-2)
Bisseck, De Vrij, Bastoni;
Darmian, Frattesi, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco;
Lazzari, Fuentes, Romagnoli, Pellegrini;
Guendouzi, Vecino, Alberto;
Pedro, Immobile, Anderson
Prediction: Inter Milan 2-0 Lazio
Based on their superior quality and experience in cup competitions, Inter Milan enters the match as favorites. We predict a 2-0 victory for the Nerazzurri, who will be difficult to stop on their quest for Supercoppa Italiana glory in Riyadh.