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    2018/19 Coppa Italia Final

    15 May 2019 | Coppa Italia | Preview
    2018/19 Coppa Italia Final
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    There are two weeks remaining in the Serie A season but this week all the attention is on the Coppa Italia.  The final will take place on Wednesday 15th May at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome between Atalanta and Lazio.

    Atalanta could be heading for a double triumph this season as they aim to qualify for the Champions League for the first time and win the Coppa Italia for just the second time in their history.  Lazio are out of contention for Champions League football next season so this is their chance to have something good to show for the campaign.

    Atalanta Bergamo could not be coming into this final in much better form. Trends show they have won each of their last five games.  There have been four wins in Serie A and one in the Coppa Italia, the latter of which came at home against Fiorentina.

    You must go back fourteen matches in all competitions to find the last time Atalanta lost a match and that was away from home to Torino in Serie A.  Their Coppa Italia run this season has seen them defeat Cagliari, Juventus and Fiorentina on their way to the final.  Atalanta have scored 10 goals in their four Coppa Italia games this season.

    Interestingly, they have also defeated Lazio away from home recently in the league, beating them 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on the 5th May.

    Despite this being a cup final, Lazio have an advantage as the game is being played at their home stadium.  However, their overall form going into the match is not great and trends show they have won four of their last nine games in all competitions.

    Three of those four wins have come in their last four games and Lazio have defeated AC Milan in the Coppa Italia plus Sampdoria and Cagliari in Serie A. Interestingly, all three of those victories have come away, so perhaps playing in their own stadium is not as much of an advantage as it seems.

    Lazio started their Coppa Italia campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win over Novara but faced two difficult ties, firstly against Inter Milan and secondly against AC Milan.  Trends show Lazio have scored only 2 goals across their last three Coppa Italia games.

    Team news and Atalanta should be close to full strength for this game.  Their striker, Duvan Zapata, is the key man and he has scored 3 goals in the competition this season plus has found the back of the net in both league games against Lazio.

    Lazio are expected to go with much the same team from the weekend win over Cagliari.  However, Ciro Immobile will be hoping to start up-front, possibly in place of Felipe Caicedo.

    This could be the start of a huge couple of weeks in the history of Atalanta.  They have what it takes to breakdown Lazio and score the goals to win this game.  If they are at their best, Atalanta should score 2 or more goals to lift the trophy.

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