NEWS
Tuesday February 26 2019
Coppa line-ups: Lazio v Milan

Lazio rush Bastos into the back three in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Krzysztof Piatek’s on-form Milan, who look to Fabio Borini.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 20.00 GMT.

You can follow the build-up and action as it happens while giving your views on the LIVEBLOG.

This is a repeat of last season’s semi-final, which was eventually decided in a dramatic sudden death penalty shoot-out, with Alessio Romagnoli converting the decisive spot-kick.

Lazio go into this clash with poor form and an injury crisis, as being the last Italian club fighting on three fronts took its toll.

They crashed out of the Europa League at the Round of 32 stage with a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Sevilla, then had last weekend’s Serie A match against Udinese postponed so they could better prepare for the Coppa fixture.

Stefan Radu is suspended, with Wallace, Jordan Lukaku and Valon Berisha out injured, while Luiz Felipe and Bastos only just returned to training on Monday.

It was reported this would prompt Coach Simone Inzaghi to use Lucas Leiva as a centre-back or even reshuffle to 4-3-3 to accommodate the move.

However, Bastos is rushed back into the starting XI from injury with Joaquin Correa supporting Ciro Immobile.

Lucas Leiva keeps his usual midfield spot, with January buy Romulo on the right rather than Adam Marusic.

Milan, on the other hand, have really found their form and confidence in 2019, above all since the January signings Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta stepped in.

Piatek is the top scorer in the Coppa Italia this season with eight goals in three appearances, largely because he scored four on his Genoa debut against Lecce back in August.

He also bagged a brace against Napoli and leads the attack with support from Suso – who was suspended in Serie A against Empoli last week – and Fabio Borini.

Hakan Calhanoglu is rested, as he is distracted by his wife about to give birth to their first child – a daughter – imminently in Germany.

Mattia Caldara, Cristian Zapata and Giacomo Bonaventura are still out injured, but Andrea Conti made his first start in 544 days last week and Lucas Biglia also returned as a substitute in that game after four months out.

Ricardo Rodriguez is rested in favour of Diego Laxalt at left-back, who will be up against his former Genoa teammate Romulo.

Lazio have not beaten Milan since a 4-1 Serie A drubbing at the Olimpico in September 2017, in which Immobile scored a hat-trick.

That was followed by a defeat and three consecutive draws, including last season’s two semi-final ties.

Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Bastos; Romulo, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Correa; Immobile

Lazio bench: Proto, Guerrieri, Badelj, Pedro Neto, Bruno Jordao, Luiz Felipe, Marusic, Durmisi, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Caicedo

Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Laxalt; Kessie, Bakayoko, Paquetà; Suso, Piatek, Borini

Milan bench: Reina, A Donnarumma, Abate, Conti, Strinic, Rodriguez, Bertolacci, Montolivo, Biglia, Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Cutrone

Ref: Orsato

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