Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Juventus and Lazio face each other in the Italian Cup final. Juve aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Roma in the Serie A derby, but Wednesday’s football match against Lazio will be anything but a walk in the park for the Bianconeri. Max Allegri’s troops are on the right track to win Scudetto and they would not be too disappointed if they failed to win the Coppa Italia title. The Biancocelesti are eyeing their first Italian Cup trophy since 2013 and, no doubt, Lazio fans will pack the stadium. Seeing that Simone Inzaghi’s men have been in a thrilling form of late and considering that Juventus will be with one eye on the league clash against Crotone, we predict that the in-form capital club will win the silverware in the “Eternal City”. In the 2014/2015 Coppa Italia final Juve defeated Lazio, meaning that the Biancocelesti are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Bonucci):
Over the years Leonardo Bonucci has established himself as one of Juve’s key defenders. The 190-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a right back as well, was born in Viterbo on 1 May, 1987 and he started his senior career at Inter. However, he made no more than one league appearance for the Nerrazzurri between 2005 and 2009. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Treviso and Pisa, he joined Bari in 2009 and he scored one goal in 38 league games for the club. Juventus signed him in July, 2010 for a fee of €15.5 million. Leonardo Bonucci won his fifth Scudetto with Juve in the 2015/2016 season and he played in the 2014/2015 Champions League final against Barcelona. However, the Bianconeri were beaten by Barca in the title game. Bonucci made his Italy debut on 3 March, 2010 and two years later he participated in the Euro 2012 final against Spain. The Azzurri were hammered by Vicente del Bosque’s troops 4-0 in the Olympic Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Lazio Roma):
Lazio are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles. The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals. The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco. The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.