Lays of the Weekend: No cheery send off for Inter idol

Inter haven't given Javier Zanetti the farewell that he deserves

Michael Lintorn is opposing Inter and Real Madrid, and ventures into the Premier League for the first time this term to lay West Brom...

"Inter’s derby loss as the “away” side last week was their fifth San Siro match without a win, and they have only actually won twice in ten there in 2014 – both 1-0s."
Lay Inter to beat Lazio @ 1.784/5

Lay Inter to beat Lazio @ 1.784/5
One of the most iconic footballers of the past two decades will make his last San Siro appearance on Saturday night, with retiring Inter legend Javier Zanetti likely to get on the pitch, something that boss Walter Mazzarri hasn't allowed nearly enough this season given the failings of almost all his starters. It will be a special occasion yet - on this campaign's evidence - there is no guarantee that it will be a happy one. Inter's derby loss as the "away" side last week was their fifth San Siro match without a win, and they have only actually won twice in ten there in 2014 - both 1-0s. Lazio by contrast have lost four Serie A outings in 19 since Edy Reja was reappointed coach over Christmas, a sequence that began with a 1-0 triumph over Inter. Mazzarri beware; Zanetti might not be the sole high-profile summer departure at Inter.

Lay West Brom to beat Stoke @ 2.166/5
West Brom are safe barring a Norwich victory against Arsenal and a 17-goal swing in the Canaries' favour, but they certainly aren't in great form, winning just four of their last 27 Premier League games. They are particularly poor at The Hawthorns, prevailing once in nine encounters since New Year's Day and four times in 18 league clashes in 2013/14, the worst tally in the division. Stoke by contrast have only lost to top-six trio Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham in their last 14 league fixtures - beating Man United and Arsenal along the way - and are incentivised by knowledge that a point will ensure their first ever top-half Premier League finish and a record points haul. They are undefeated in their last six trips to The Hawthorns, not even conceding a goal on the last four.

Lay Real Madrid to win at Celta Vigo @ 1.51/2
After making hay from a pro-Celta lay at Osasuna last weekend, it is time to try to repeat the feat in more outlandish circumstances this Sunday as Real Madrid visit. For Celta coach Luis Enrique, this is an opportunity to lend Barcelona a hand before his anticipated summer move to the Camp Nou dugout by virtually assuring that the Catalan club finish above the Champions League finalists for a second successive season. Real aren't in good health at the moment, practically surrendering the title by drawing two games that they were expected to win easily at home to Valencia and away to Valladolid. Given Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo's recent injury scares, Carlo Ancelotti may opt not to risk starting both, especially with little realistically left to play for domestically. Celta will feel confident regardless of what kind of team they face after going four unbeaten and winning their last three. They have also lost just two of their last 12 as hosts, succeeding in six of those matches.

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