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Coppa Italia

  • 26 January 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 1920
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Coppa Italia Preview: AC Milan - Lazio

Coppa Italia Preview: AC Milan - Lazio

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The capital city side will make the trip north to San Siro where they will battle it out with the Rossoneri for a spot in the last-four of the competition


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


AC MILAN



Amelia
Bonera, Mexes, Nesta, Antonini
Merkel, Ambrosini, Nocerino
El Shaarawy

Inzaghi, Robinho


LAZIO



Bizzarri
Zauri, Dias, Biava, Radu
Gonzalez, Ledesma, Lulic

Hernanes
Klose, Rocchi


Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will be without the services of midfielders Alberto Aquilani, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Gennaro Gattuso, who are both injured. Pippo Inzaghi, who has only made four appearances this season for the Rossoneri, will likely get the nod up front alongside Robinho, with Alexandre Pato ruled out for upto four weeks with a muscle strain .

Lazio boss Edy Reja will have to make do without veteran workhorse Cristian Brocchi and striker Libor Kozak. Lorik Cana is out for six weeks with a back injury while Stefano Mauri is still nursing a troublesome thigh problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan's last win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia came back in 2001-02 when Carlo Ancelotti was coach.
  • The Rossoneri relied on an extra-time winner from Alexandre Pato to advance past Novara in the last round of the cup, winning the encounter 2-1.
  • Allegri's men have scored the most goals in Serie A this season (40).
  • Lazio have beaten Milan in four out of their last five Coppa Italia encounters.
  • The Biancocelesti held Milan to a 2-2 draw in the opening game of the season at San Siro.
  • The capital city outfit have picked up just one win in their last five Serie A matches (W1 D2 L2).

Players to watch

S. El Shaarawy

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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The 19-year-old had been tipped to leave the club in January but now looks set to stay at San Siro. The teenager has made the most of his recent playing time, scoring against Novara last week in the Coppa Italia and will look to replicate that feat against Lazio on Thursday.

T. Rocchi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The veteran striker scored an exquisite goal against Inter in Serie A at the weekend and will be looking to find the back of the net once against at San Siro on Thursday against Milan. The Biancocelesti will need their old warhorse to lead the charge as they look to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Editor's Prediction

Lazio have an excellent track record against Milan in this competition and should just do enough to secure a place in the last-four at the expense of Massimiliano Allegri’s men

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Lazio

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
78%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
SS Lazio LAZ
AC Milan MIL
2 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ

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