AC Milan hosts Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 9th at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan)
Stefano Pioli’s team started its way in the Coppa Italia from the 1/8 finals. AC Milan dealt with Genoa in extra time (3-1). The results of the Rossoneri in recent matches have created a controversial impression. After a 4-match unbeaten streak, they lost points in the home game against Spezia (1-2) and failed to beat Juventus in Turin (0-0). But the Red-Blacks made amends for those failures by beating Inter in the Milan derby on February 5 (2-1). The Devils, who formally played the away match, went for half-time with a backlog of one goal. The turning point in the game happened towards the end of the 2nd half when Olivier Giroud scored a brace within three minutes and brought AC Milan a very important victory.
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Maurizio Sarri’s team also started the fight for the trophy from the 1/8 finals. Lazio beat Udinese 1-0 in extra time. The Eagles have been undefeated in official matches for almost a month. After losing to Inter in Milan (2-1), the Romans avoided failures in the next four games. The reason for the improved results was a good game in defense. The metropolitan team kept a clean sheet in all those matches. On February 5, the Eagles hammered Fiorentina in Florence (0-3). Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile scored a goal each in the 2nd half. The Eagles were also helped by Fiorentina defender Cristiano Biraghi, who scored an own goal.
The only head-to-head match of this season took place on September 12 last year. Then AC Milan defeated the guests from Rome in the 3rd round of Serie A at San Siro (2-0). Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for the winners. Although Lazio has been looking good in defense lately, the upcoming game is unlikely to be closed. It will be difficult for the Eagles to keep a clean sheet in Milan, but the hosts will also be vulnerable due to the injuries of key defenders. For this reason, it is logical to bet on high production. The statistics of both teams support this outcome. Over 2.5 goals were scored in five of Milan’s last seven matches and in seven out of Lazio’s nine games. Beyond that, the opponents scored at least three goals in four of the last five head-to-head confrontations.