Italian Serie A – Lazio vs Inter Milan

We could be in for a dramatic evening at the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Sunday night as Lazio host Inter Milan in a straight shoot-out for the final Champions League spot. Lazio currently sit in 4th place, three points ahead of Inter Milan and with a better goal difference, meaning that Inter Milan need to win by four clear goals on Sunday to jump ahead of them in the standings. Whatever happens, this is sure to be a thrilling, tense encounter between two of the greatest Italian sides.

LazioLazio are somewhat stumbling towards Champions League qualification, with the capital city club drawing each of their last two matches against Atalanta and Crotone. Lazio took an early lead in their last game against relegation threatened Crotone, before falling behind in the match 2-1. It took a late goal from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to rescue a point for Lazio and it cannot be overestimated how important that goal was. If Lazio would have lost the game, a victory for Inter on Sunday would have taken them ahead of Lazio, but as it stands, they now need a four goal swing. Serie A’s top scorer, Ciro Immobile is out injured for Lazio and the Italian striker will be a big miss for the side from Rome.

Inter Milan

Inter Milan suffered a hugely damaging loss last time out at home against a Sassuolo side with nothing left to play for. Inter turned in a poor performance in front of their own fans and it took a late goal from Rafinha to give them any hope of getting anything out of the game. Inter Milan did win their last away game 4-0 against Udinese, and a repeat of that score line on Sunday would see them leapfrog Lazio into 4th place. Mauro Icardi currently trails Immobile by a single goal in the race for the Golden Boot and he will be looking to take advantage of his rival’s injury on Sunday to move ahead of him.

Talking Points 

  1. Inter Milan won this fixture 3-1 last season, but need to win by a four goal margin to overtake Lazio in the league standings.
  2. Lazio have conceded just 18 goals in 18 games at home this season, losing only four times.
  3. Inter Milan do have a solid away record though, losing just three times on the road this season.

Prediction

This is a huge game for both of these sides and it is one that may be difficult to decide upon an approach for Lazio. They know that they just need to avoid defeat by four goals or more and they will qualify for the Champions League, therefore you would expect them to line up rather defensively. That is simply not the way this Lazio side play though and when you consider that they are the top scorers in the league as well as having the worst defensive record of any side in the top eight, we could be in for an exciting game. I think Inter Milan will win the game, but I don’t think they’ll be able to win by a large enough margin.

Betting Tips (Coral) 

Lazio start this game as slight favourites at odds of 7/5, whilst an away win for Inter Milan is priced up at 7/4, with the draw available at 13/5. With Inter Milan needing goals, I think we can be sure that there will be plenty of goals in this one. Both teams to score looks like a sure thing at 1/2, whilst Inter Milan to win and BTTS at 10/3 could well be an excellent bet. I’m expecting Inter Milan to try and start fast in the game and so Over 2.5 Goals in the First Half at 5/1 could be a good long odds bet.

Inter Milan to Win and BTTS (YES) – 10/3 (Coral)

Onyekuru apparently before moving to Gladbach

At the moment, attacker Henry Onyekuru is still on loan from the English football club FC Everton to RSC Anderlecht. But in summer, the Nigerian would like to go goal-hunting for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

According to a report by “Het Laatste Nieuws”, Onyekuru will meet Gladbach’s head of sports Max Eberl on Thursday to sound out a transfer on loan. In addition, the 20-year-old should look for a flat in Düsseldorf, as the Flemish newspaper claims to have experienced, which considers the probability of a change to be “very high”.

Originally, Onyekuru was to play in Anderlecht for another year because he still does not have a valid work permit for the English Premier League. However, a dispute with RSC coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck and the resulting lack of confidence are said to have led to the Nigerian international now preferring the route to the Lower Rhine. Besiktas should also be interested in the services of the young left wing in addition to the Gladbachers.

Last summer the foals had already tried to sign the 20-year-old. But Onyekuru chose Everton and signed a contract there until 2022, although the Gladbachers were credited with the better chances, because the offensive man’s girlfriend lives in Germany. Maybe it’ll work on the second try now.

With Onyekuru, however, the foals would get a professional who is not necessarily easy to handle. After a switch from Eupen to Onyekuru’s favourite club Celtic Glasgow failed in the summer of 2017, the attacker complained publicly and disappeared without further ado.

At RSC Anderlecht, the left fielder scored ten goals 28 times this season. German football fans were able to admire the skills of the 20-year-old in the group matches of the Champions League against FC Bayern Munich, which, however, were lost (0:3, 1:2) from the Nigerian’s point of view.

Ladbrokes – Championship Playoff Final Offer

Before the glitz and glamour of the Champions League Final on Saturday night, there is an even more important game taking place at Wembley Stadium for fans of Aston Villa and Fulham. These two teams will be battling it out to gain promotion to the Premier League, a feat which is said to be worth around £200m and neither will want all their hard work this season to finish in defeat on Saturday.

Fulham will come into this game as favourites having been so close to achieving automatic promotion this season. The club from West London only needed to win their final game of the season against Birmingham City, but a poor display saw them lose for the first time in 2018 and slip down to 4th place in the table. Aston Villa overcame a slow start to the season to finish strongly and under the stewardship of Steve Bruce, they have become a very solid defensive side.

To coincide with Saturday’s game, Ladbrokes are running a fantastic offer for new customers to take advantage of. They are offering odds of 40/1 on any team to win a corner in the game. When you take a look at the history of corners in the top flight, there have only been two games in the past 87 years that have finished with no corners being awarded to either side. Interestingly, one of these games was Chelsea’s 6-0 victory against Wigan back in 2010. When you look at the statistics, there is almost zero chance that this bet will lose, but if there were somehow no corners in the game, Ladbrokes will credit you with a free £5 bet; so it really is a win-win scenario!

To take advantage of this offer you must be a new Ladbrokes customer and sign up using the promotional code ‘CORNER’. Once you have signed up, simply deposit a minimum of £5 into your account and place a £1 bet on, ‘New Customer Offer – Fulham v Aston Villa – Any team to win a corner 40/1’ in Ladbrokes’ ‘My Offers’ section under the promo tab. As with most of these big odds, new customer offers, the maximum stake allowed is £1.

As you can see, this is a really easy new customer sign up offer and one which basically guarantees you £40 worth of free betting money! If you don’t currently hold a Ladbrokes account and were looking to pick up some free bet money, then this could well be the right offer for you!