Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Lazio play host to Parma at their Stadio Olimpico in the Italian Cup last 16. The Biancocelesti are on a three-game winning run in the Serie A ahead of Thursday’s clash, with the team rolling over Roma 3-0 in the Derby della Capitale at the weekend. Simone Inzaghi’s troops must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Parma, and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered.
The likes of Muriqi, Patric, and Akpa Akpro are all pushing for a start. The Gli Emiliani, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo. Parma showed character in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Coppa Italia game against the in-form capital club. The good news for the visitors is that Hernani returns from the Serie A ban.
Highlighted Player (Bastos Quissanga):
Born in Luanda (Angola) on November 23, 1991, Bastos Jacinto Quissanga is a powerful defender who plays for Serie A side Lazio. Bastos started his senior career at domestic club Petro de Luanda and after scoring 6 goals in 105 appearances in the league for Os Tricolores, he moved to Russia in 2013, signing a deal with the Premier League side Rostov.
The 184-cm-tall defender proved his worth in the Russian top flight and, as expected, he decided to take a step forward in his career, signing a contract with famous Serie A team Lazio. Bastos failed to establish himself as a first-team regular with the Biancocelesti, but he plays an important role at the Angola national team. Bastos, whose main position is centre-back, made his international debut for the Palancas Negras on August 10, 2011 in a goalless draw against Liberia. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Parma):
Founded in 1913, Parma is considered one of the most famous Italian clubs. The Gialloblu play home games in white shirts with a dark blue cross and dark blue shorts. Speaking of their away colours, Parma footballers wear yellow-blue kits on the travels. Parma have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but they did well to lift the UEFA Cup trophy on two occasions (1994/1995, 1998/1999).
To make things even better for Parma fans, the Gialloblu won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1992/1993 season, with the team beating Royal Antwerp in the title game 3-1. A number of top-class footballers played for Parma in the past: Hernan Crespo, Roberto Mancini, Juan Veron, Roberto Mancini, Dino Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
The Gialloblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Ennio Tardini, which was opened in 1923. The venue can hold up to 27,906 spectators. Bologna are considered Parma’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two sides.