Lazio and Inter Milan go head-to-head for the final Champions League spot when they meet on the final day of the Serie A season.
Having drawn 0-0 at the San Siro earlier in the season, there’s nothing to split the teams on their head-to-head record, with Lazio holding a three-point advantage heading into the game in the Italian capital on Sunday.
There seems little point in suggesting a low-scoring affair, as Inter simply have to go for it in a bid to steal a top-four finish and recent meetings of the two sides have always produced goals – aside from the goalless encounter in late December.
On the goalscoring theme Inter appear to have a major advantage, with Lazio set to be without current Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile due to a thigh injury, leaving the way clear for Mauro Icardi to play a starring role.
Argentinian ace Icardi has pulled to within one goal of Immobile by scoring in four of his last five games and could claim a significant double by helping the Nerazzurri qualify for the Champions League and claiming the Capocannoniere title for himself.
Meanwhile, at the wrong end of the table there are five teams still in danger of joining Verona and Benevento in dropping down to Serie B.
Crotone are the team currently occupying the third and final relegation place and they face a tough assignment in trying to beat the drop as they travel to second-placed Napoli, who have won all three previous meetings of the two sides.
SPAL are level on points with Crotone heading into the final game, but have the advantage on their head-to-head record.
They host a Sampdoria side with little to play for and who already appear to be on the beach after losing three of their last four games, while SPAL have only lost twice in their last 12 league games.
Six of those 12 outings have ended in draws, so SPAL may have to settle for a point on Sunday and hope that that is enough to see them safe.
Both Udinese and Chievo know that only a Crotone win could put them in danger and the same is true for Cagliari, who are only one point above their rivals, but have the edge in their head-to-head with Crotone.
However, the Sardinians have to be careful as they welcome in an Atalanta side still trying to make sure of a Europa League place.
There has not been a draw in any of the last seven meetings of the two sides and that run could well continue come Sunday.
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