Coppa Italia Preview - Lazio vs AC Milan March 01 2018

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Coppa Italia Semi Final Second Leg
Lazio vs. AC Milan
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
05:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (23)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Bryan Suso and Patrick Cutrone (6)

First Leg Result: AC Milan 0 - 0 Lazio

Coming away from the San Siro with the tie still scoreless probably makes Lazio favourites here. In truth though Simone Inzaghi's men were a little unfortunate not to win that match having led the shots on target count and kept Milan largely at bay throughout.
It has been honours even in the Serie A outings between the sides this term, with Lazio thumping Milan 4-1 here at the Stadio Olimpico back in September, and Milan gaining their revenge at the San Siro in January, winning that match 2 - 1.
Each side appears to be relatively free of injuries headed into this clash, and despite the congested fixture list, we would expect both Inzaghe and Gennaro Gattuso to field a full strength side for this matchup.
With there being no real incentive for either side to sit back, and both sides arriving in excellent form, this has the potential to be a cracking cup tie. Lazio have notched eight times in their three most recent home games, whilst AC Milan have found the net on nine occasions in their three latest road outings.
We expect goals here and will be taking the overall more potent attack - lead by the prolific Ciro Immobile - of l Biancocelesti to come out on top….but only just.

Prediction: Lazio 3-2 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Extra Time: 0 - 0
Penalties: 4 - 5
Shots: 15 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 47% - 53%

Adam Marusic, Stefan Radu and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic were booked for the home side. Franck Kessie, Alessio Romagnoli and Davide Calabria saw yellow for the visitors.

Milan kept the ball marginally better in the first period, yet the home side achieved much more during their time in possession. Having registered five shots on target in the opening 45 minutes, Lazio will have been slightly disappointed that this tie was still firmly in the balance at the break at 0 - 0, both on the night and on aggregate.

The pattern of play continued in much the same vain possession wise in the second half, but the visitors adjusted their game plan to successfully nullify the Lazio threat, with Ciro Immobile in particular kept much quieter in the second period.

All three shots on target in the second half belonged to AC. Hakan Calhanoglu should also have done better when finding space in the box following a swift counter attack in the 59th minute but pushed his effort wide.

With the bulk of the remaining chances coming from long-range efforts and set plays, we reached the end of 180 minutes between the sides with the scoresheet still blank.

Alessio Romagnoli came closest to winning it for Milan in extra time, but his effort from around six yards out following a corner failed to find the target.
No score at the end of the additional 30 minutes meant penalties would be required.
The sides still couldn't be split after the regulation five penalties apiece and so we headed into sudden death.
There's always a villain in a penalty shoot out and here it was Lazio's Luiz Felipe who blazed his effort over the bar.
Up stepped Romagnoli to fire past Thomas Strakosha and send AC Milan to the final where they will take on Juventus.

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