Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
A place in the Coppa Italia final will be at stake when Milan and Lazio take on each other at Stadio San Siro on Wednesday evening. Milan did well to hold Lazio to a goalless draw in the first leg at Stadio Olimpico, but they can’t afford any complacency in the return leg. The Rossoneri head into the game following a 1-1 draw with Parma and it has to be noted that they recorded only one win in last six league fixtures.
The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, suffered an embarrassing 2-1 loss to rock-bottom Chievo in their last league game, meaning that they head into the Coppa Italia semis, second leg with the lack of confidence. Genaro Gattuso’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that the capital club failed to impress in the 2-1 loss to the Mussi Volanti, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali.
He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan.
He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 COPA America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma 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.