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  • January 22, 2013
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Juventus-Lazio Preview: Buoyant Bianconeri chase Coppa Italia glory

Juventus-Lazio Preview: Buoyant Bianconeri chase Coppa Italia glory

Valerio Pennicino

Just five points separate the two sides in Serie A, but that will count for nothing on Tuesday night as the high-flying pair do battle at Juventus Stadium

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS


Storari
Barzagli, Marrone, Peluso
Isla, Pogba, Pirlo, G'ini, De Ceglie
Matri, Vucinic
LAZIO


Marchetti
Konko, Biava, Dias, Lulic
Candreva, G'lez, Ledesma, Hernanes, Mauri
Floccari

Silverware is in sight for both Juventus and Lazio as they clash in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Tuesday night.

The Bianconeri go into the game on the back of a resounding 4-0 win over Udinese on Saturday, while the Biancocelesti played out a battling 2-2 draw with Palermo in their last encounter.

With just five points separating the two sides in Serie A, the winner of this cup contest could also strike a telling mental blow in the title race and that fact will not be lost on either Antonio Conte or Vladimir Petkovic.

Juve will be without several key men, with Giorgio Chiellini (calf), Simone Pepe (hamstring), Nicklas Bendtner (abductor tear) and Marchisio all missing, while Miroslav Klose, Ederson and Abdoulay Konko are absent for Lazio.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus may be without Claudio Marchisio, but Paul Pogba (pictured, right) put forward a compelling case for a regular starting birth with two goals in the 4-0 win over Udinese on Saturday.
  • The Bianconeri have lifted the Coppa Italia nine times.
  • Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella are the club's joint-top scorers this season, with six goals each.
  • The absence of Miroslav Klose could hit Lazio hard, as he has struck 10 times already this term.
  • Vladimir Petkovic's side saw off Catania 3-0 in the quarter-finals to seal their semi-final date with Juventus.
  • The two teams played out a 0-0 draw in their last meeting back in November.

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Last Five Matches
Juventus
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Juventus 1 - Atalanta 0ITA1
May 1, 2014Juventus 0 - Benfica 0EL
Apr 28, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Juventus 3ITA1
Lazio
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 10, 2014FC Internazionale 4 - Lazio 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Lazio 3 - Hellas Verona 3ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Livorno 0 - Lazio 2ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Lazio 3 - Torino 3ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
-Federico PelusoDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
32Alessandro MatriStriker
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
-Federico GagliardiniGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
24Daniele RuganiDefender
-Pol GarcíaDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
-Andrea SchiavoneMidfielder
-Elvis KabashiMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
-Stefano BeltrameStriker
22Federico MarchettiGoalkeeper
2Michael CianiDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
39Luis CavandaDefender
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
-HernanesMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
19Senad LulicMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
27Lorik CanaMidfielder
99Sergio FloccariStriker
53Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
6Luciano ZauriDefender
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
11Antonio RozziStriker
Players to Watch
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder has played most of his football coming off the substitutes' bench so far this season, but he shone in the absence of Andrea Pirlo on Saturday, scoring twice and ensuring he heads into this encounter full of confidence.
Sergio Floccari
Sergio Floccari
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 99
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With top scorer Miroslav Klose absent through injury, the goalscoring burden will rest on the shoulders of the 31-year-old striker. He will be desperate to make an impression and hope to open his account for the season in the process.
Prediction
After playing out a cagey 0-0 draw earlier this season, another tight affair is to be expected and though the home side will be desperate to strike a first-leg blow, Lazio will have enough to take a draw back to Stadio Olimpico.
Editor's Prediction
Lazio 1

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