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Inter Milan v Lazio: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Coppa Italia 2018-19

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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3.01K   //    31 Jan 2019, 09:03 IST

Can the Nerazzurri get back to winning ways?
Can the Nerazzurri get back to winning ways?

It was a day of surprising results in the Coppa Italia yesterday as Fiorentina thrashed Roma 7-1 in Florence while defending champions Juventus succumbed to their first defeat in the domestic season, losing 3-0 to Atalanta in Bergamo.

With Juventus now out of the competition, Italian giants Inter Milan and Lazio will be vying to get the Coppa Italia that has been in the hands of the Bianconeri for the past 4 seasons.

The Nerazzurri have struggled in their last 2 matches, losing away at Turin to Torino while drawing at home to Sassuolo. Inter Milan will be looking to overturn their poor form and beat the Biancocelesti and progress to the semi-finals of the competition.

Lazio were hard done by Juventus in their last match as the Turin giants, after trailing the match till the 73rd-minute mark overturned the deficit to win it 2-1. The Biancocelesti will be hoping to progress to their third successive semifinals appearance with a win against Luciano Spalletti's side.

The first encounter between the teams in the season ended with Inter Milan winning 3-0 away at the Stadio Olimpico.


Team News

Inter Milan

Keita Balde is unlikely to feature against his old club
Keita Balde is unlikely to feature against his old club

Luciano Spalletti has an almost full-strength squad at his disposal with Keita Balde returning to training but is unlikely to feature in the starting lineup. Sime Vrsaljko is another player who will not be featuring after troubles with his persistent knee injuries.

Lazio

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The Big Serbian will be a big miss for Lazio
The Big Serbian will be a big miss for Lazio

Simeone Inzaghi will be without defenders Luiz Felipe and Patric while Adam Marusic is likely to make a return from hip injury.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be out for the Biancocelesti due to suspension after the Serbian was shown the yellow card in the match against Juventus.


Probable Lineups

Inter Milan (4-5-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Politano, Vecino, Brozovic, Mario, Perisic; Icardi

Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha; Bastos, Wallace, Radu, Lucas; Parolo, Lulic, Berisha; Alberto, Immobile, Correa

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