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Preview: Coppa Italia semi-finals second legs

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The second legs of the Coppa Italia semi-finals are scheduled for this week, as both encounters are tied after the first games two months ago.

It is going to be the winner of Milan vs Lazio against the winner of Atalanta vs Fiorentina in the 2019 Coppa Italia Final on May 15 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Juventus have dominated the competition, winning it in the previous four years, but Atalanta was the team to stop them with a 3-0 victory in the quarter-finals this season.

This means we will finally have a new winner of Coppa Italia, with all four teams left having a chance to clinch the Italian Cup at the end of the campaign.

AC Milan vs Lazio

AC Milan will welcome Lazio on Wednesday night, after a 0-0 draw from the first leg at the Olimpico in February. Both clubs have played twice each in the Coppa Italia Final over the past four years but ended up losing all four games to the same opponent – Juventus FC.

They met in last year’s semi-finals as well, with AC Milan winning the tie on penalties, after two goalless draws both at San Siro and at the Stadio Olimpico.

Milan hosted Lazio in the Serie A 10 days ago, as Franck Kessie’s 79th-minute penalty was the decider in a game which didn’t see too many chances on both sides.

The Rossoneri are chasing their first Coppa Italia trophy since 2003, while Lazio have won the competition for the last time back in 2013.

Both sides play in a ‘hot and cold’ form at the moment, so there isn’t a clear favorite before the start of the game.

Atalanta vs Fiorentina

Atalanta is without any doubt the most pleasant surprise in Italian football this season.

They have knocked out Juventus with a sensational 3-0 victory in the previous round of this competition and sit in fifth in the league with quite a good chance of securing a Champions League football for the next season.

La Dea host Fiorentina for the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final encounter on Thursday night in a game which is tied at 3-3 after the first game in February.

Fiorentina, on the other hand, haven’t tasted victory over the past two months, noting six draws and four defeats in the process.

La Viola played their last Coppa Italia final in 2014 but won the competition for last time in 2001. Atalanta chase their first final in 23 years, while their only Italian Cup triumph dates back to 1963.