Cristiano Ronaldo can move one step closer to his first Coppa Italia title as Juventus take on Inter Milan for the third time in 2021.
Juventus and Inter Milan meet for a third Derby d’Italia in as many weeks to decide the outcome of their Coppa Italia semi-final tie.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s double at the San Siro last week handed Juventus a 2-1 first-leg win. It leaves the hosts with a crucial aggregate lead and an away goal advantage. Therefore, as long as Inter fail to score over one goal in Turin, passage into the Coppa Italia final is guaranteed.
It should be another close and intense affair either way. Very little has separated the two clubs recently, despite Juve winning seven of the last 10 derbies (D2 L1), in a tie that has averaged under 2.5 goals since 2017.
Juventus Form & Stats
Ronaldo made it three goals in two games by scoring a brilliant opener against Roma last weekend. The 36-year-old has now scored 23 goals in only 24 appearances across all competitions and will be gunning for Inter on Tuesday.
Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo, however, could be without three key players in Leonardo Bonucci, Arthur Melo, and Alvaro Morata. Although he has confirmed forward Dejan Kulusevski and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will start.
The 13-time Coppa Italia champions have been in brilliant form in 2021, having won nine of their last 10 games. Their only slip-up was a 2-0 loss to Inter in the league. And considering the club’s home form, along with the recent Italian Super Cup title, confidence should be high ahead of the 239th official Derby d’Italia.
Key Team Stats
- Undefeated in 22 of their last 24 games in all competitions.
- Won to nil in 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions.
- Won 9 of their 10 games in all competitions in 2021 (L1).
- Beaten Inter Milan in 3 of their last 4 meetings (L1).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 4 goals in 6 games against Inter Milan for Juventus.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has made 27 direct goal contributions in 24 games in all competitions (23 goals, 4 assists).
Inter Milan Form & Stats
Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi return for the trip to Turin, having been suspended in the first-leg. Replacing the duo on the suspension list for Tuesday are Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez. But while Antonio Conte has Christian Eriksen and Stefano Sensi available, the Inter boss is expected to start Roberto Gagliardini in midfield instead.
The Nerazzurri are faced with one of their biggest challenges in recent times. A 2-1 home defeat to Juventus in the first-leg was a costly blow. They must now beat their rivals, ideally by a two-goal margin, at a venue they haven’t won at since 2013.
A 2-0 win over Fiorentina last time out was a good warm-up for the test that awaits. Nicolo Barella and Ivan Perisic were both on target to keep Inter’s Serie A title bid going strong. They’ve also now scored a stunning 77 goals since lockdown ended – a tally that only Bayern Munich have bettered in Europe.
Key Team Stats
- Undefeated in 16 of their last 18 games in all competitions (W13 D3).
- Failed to score in their last 6 away games against Juventus in all competitions.
- Won only 1 of their last 10 games against Juventus in all competitions (D3 L6).
- Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his 4 games against Juventus.
Out: Paulo Dybala.
Doubts: Leonardo Bonucci, Arthur Melo, Alvaro Morata.
Out: Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez.
Top Goalscorers in Coppa Italia
Head-To-Head Record (Coppa Italia)
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in Coppa Italia.
* DC:12 – Double Chance on Home Team (Juventus).