2018/19 Coppa Italia Final
Atalanta vs Lazio
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Despite the difference between Atalanta’s and Lazio’s historical success, when the Coppa Italia Final
rolls around on Wednesday evening, La Dea will look to write the final chapter to complete their ultimate underdog story by lifting their first major piece of domestic silverware in 56 years!
Atalanta lifted the Coppa for the only time in their 111-year history back in 1963 – just four years after Lazio secured their maiden crown – but since then have had to bare witness to their opposite number on Wednesday, Lazio, winning the title on a further five occasions, while adding two Italian top-flight trophies to their cabinet too, in 1973-74 and then again in 1999-2000.
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The pair are currently separated by seven points on the Serie A table with just two rounds of matches left to play. Atalanta occupy 4th
place – the last UEFA Champions League place – while Lazio are languishing down in 8th
place after a largely disappointing campaign.
Atalanta’s next match is a trip to the already-crowned champions Juventus – the team they so convincingly dispatched 3-0 in the quarterfinals on route to the showpiece event on Wednesday. L Nerazzurri head into this encounter off the back of five straight wins, forming part of a remarkable run that has seen Gian Piero Gasperini’s side stretch their unbeaten run to now 13 matches in all competitions.
Atalanta recent results:
11/05 – Atalanta 2-1 Genoa
05/05 – Lazio 1-3 Atalanta
29/04 – Atalanta 2-0 Udinese
25/04 – Atalanta 2-1 Fiorentina (CI)
22/04 – Napoli 1-2 Atalanta
Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi has called on his players to utilise their experience ahead of Wednesday’s cup final. L Biancocelesti have triumphed in six of the 10 Coppa finals they have appeared in although head into their midweek affair in front of their home fans struggling for consistency, notching up just three wins from their last eight matches in Serie A, including a humbling 3-1 defeat to Atalanta a fortnight ago.
Lazio recent results:
11/05 – Cagliari 1-2 Lazio
05/05 – Lazio 1-3 Atalanta
28/04 – Sampdoria 1-2 Lazio
24/04 – Milan 0-1 Lazio (CI)
20/04 – Lazio 1-2 Chievo
Atalanta are unbeaten in their last four matches against Lazio since a 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico in January 2017.
Marco Parolo scored for the home side within three minutes of kick-off when the sides last faced only for Duvan Zapata to cancel out the lead with his second goal against Lazio, in as many matches before Atalanta wrapped up the tie in the second-half with further goals from Timothy Castagne and an own-goal by opposite number Wallace.
The corresponding league fixture last season ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
Fans of the beautiful game can certainly be forgiven for expecting goals come Wednesday. Both teams have scored in five of the last six fixtures between them with a total of 23 shots finding the back of the net in that period at an average of 3.84 goals per game!
Atalanta vs Lazio recent head-to-head:
05/05/2019 – Lazio 1-3 Atalanta
17/12/2018 – Atalanta 1-0 Lazio
06/05/2018 – Lazio 1-1 Atalanta
17/12/2017 – Atalanta 3-3 Lazio
15/01/2017 – Lazio 2-1 Atalanta
21/08/2016 – Atalanta 3-4 Lazio
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