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Coppa Italia Final - Football: Preview

10 May 2022 10:20:43 EST
Massimiliano Allegri is hoping to win a fifth Coppa Italia with Juventus

The two most successful teams in Italian football history, Juventus and Inter Milan, face off in this year's Coppa Italia final after contrasting campaigns.

All of the action from Rome's Stadio Olimpico is available as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights, with Juve 2.50 to lift the trophy for the sixth time in eight years, while the Nerazzurri are 1.50 to take the honours for the first time since 2011.

Tale of two seasons

After finishing fourth last season, Juve look set for another year of disappointment in Serie A. Despite the return of Massimiliano Allegri, the Old Lady are on track to finish in the same position as last season, they are currently 11 points behind league leaders AC Milan.

After winning the title last year, Inter looked likely to pick up back-to-back Scudettos for much of the season, before a run in February and March that saw them win just one of seven league games saw them overtaken by their city rivals.

The gap is two points with two games to play and Inter's fate is out of their hands. However, they are still in with a chance of producing a clean sweep of Italian trophies - having already won the Supercoppa Italiana - with Milan facing a tricky test at Atalanta this weekend.

Holders looking to repeat the trick

Despite the disappointment of their performances in the last two league campaigns, Juventus did manage to win the Coppa Italia last year, beating Atalanta 2-1 in the final.

This term they have overcome Sampdoria, Sassuolo and Fiorentina along the way as they look to win the cup for a record 15th time.

Inter, 6.50 to be crowned league champions, have won Coppa Italia seven times, most recently in 2011, and had a tougher route to the final, seeing off Empoli, Roma and rivals Milan to reach this point.

Very familiar foes

This will be the 245th official Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter and the pair have been familiar foes this season, having already met three times.

The first league contest was a 1-1 draw, before Inter took the Supercoppa Italiana 2-1 in January after extra-time. The two then met last month in the league, with Inter picking up a 1-0 victory in Turin.

The two sides have met in the Coppa Italia 33 times, with 15 wins for Juve, eight draws and 10 victories for Inter, however this is just the third final between the two, with the Old Lady having come out on top in both 1959 and 1965.

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Juve's struggles

Throughout this season Juventus have struggled against the other teams in the top four, with four draws and two defeats against the teams around them.

They have also struggled to find the net - only Torino have scored fewer in the top half of Serie A than Juve's 55, while Inter have not had the same issue, netting 78 times to top the goalscoring charts.

Allegri's men also come into this game on the back of a defeat, having lost 2-1 away to strugglers Genoa on Friday.

Meanwhile Inter have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, with the only blot on their copybook a 2-1 defeat to Bologna.

Old Lady not the dominant force

After 10 years of domination over Italian football, Juventus must now play second fiddle to both Milan clubs in the Scudetto race. Allegri has improved them somewhat from last season, but the Bianconeri still look a way behind their rivals.

They do typically excel in the Coppa Italia, but Inter have proven in their three meetings this season that they have nothing to fear and the high-scoring Nerazzurri appear to have the upper hand.

Juve also have fitness doubts in the shape of Weston McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Federico Chiesa and Luca Pellegrini, while Inter have an almost clean bill of health.

Undoubtedly, given the stakes and the history between both clubs it may be a cagey affair, but the attacking talents at Simone Inzaghi's disposal may just swing it in favour of Inter and bring them their first Coppa Italia in over a decade, with the Nerazzurri 3.75 to win by a one-goal margin in normal time.

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