LAZIO lay in wait for the winners of this Coppa Italia semi-final clash between Inter Milan and Roma tonight.
Injury-ravaged Inter could struggle to create chances and with the goalscoring potential of Lamela, Totti and Destro, the Romans will be hopeful for a record 17th Coppa Italia final appearance Here is Milesey's match preview.
Inter (2) v Roma (1) (7.45)
The first half of this semi-final was played in Rome in late January, with the home side taking the honours that night 2-1. Alessandro Florenzi opened the scoring in the 13th minute, heading home a cross from Ivan Piris.
Twenty minutes later Piris provided another cross, this time to Mattia Destro, with the same result. Rodrigo Palacio would earn the precious away goal in the 44th minute.
Sunday’s defeat to Cagliari at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste leaves Inter seventh in the Serie A table with third-placed AC Milan and the final Champions League spot nine points away with six games remaining.
Crash out of the cup at a time when Inter are floundering in Serie A, a massive 21 points behind leader Juventus, and club patron Massimo Moratti will have no choice but to re-consider his manager’s suitability.
Palacio is all but certain to miss this match, while Walter Gargano and Yuto Nagatomo were subbed off during Inter’s defeat to Cagliari, each sustaining leg injuries that might keep them out well beyond this second leg.
The Inter injury list is long and lustrous, including the likes of Diego Milito, Antonio Cassano and Cristian Chivu, among others. And boss Andrea Stramaccioni is also without the suspended Alvaro Pereira and Fredy Guarin.
The absence of Palacio, Milito and Cassano has been particularly damaging to Inter’s league form, with 35-year-old Tommaso Rocchi currently operating as the club’s only fit senior striker alongside attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez.
Following the 1-1 draw in Derby della Capitale, Roma picked up a vital three points against Torino in Sunday’s Serie A action. The visitors twice led in the match – goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela sandwiching an equaliser from Rolando Bianchi.
Daniele De Rossi should return from an ankle problem. Pjanic, Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo suffered minor injuries in the wake of Sunday’s match but the first two are expected to shake off knocks to play on Wednesday.
Osvaldo along with central defender Burdisso are suspended for this game. Vasilis Torosidis and Marquinhos are both pushing for a return to the starting XI after being rested for the 2-1 victory at Torino
Roma are unbeaten in their last six matches against Inter, winning three and drawing three. Lamela is the club’s leading goalscorer this season with 14 goals in 28 games.
INTER (3-5-1-1): Handanovic; Samuel, Juan, Ranocchia; Zanetti, Jonathan, Kovacic, Cambiasso, Kuzmanovic; Alvarez; Rocchi.
ROMA (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Torosidis, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti; Florenzi, Perrotta, Marquinho; Lamela, Totti, Destro.
Roma @ 2.70
Roma to win 2-0 @ 18.00
Lamela anytime goalscorer @ 2.90
Roma to win both halves @ 10.00