Coppa Italia finale
Atalanta and Lazio face off in the 2018/19 edition of the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Both teams will be yearning for silverware and the fact that Juve are not in the final for the first time in 4 years means that it is now or possibly never.
The team from Bergamo are having a splendid season so far, they can currently be found at 4th in the Serie A with a 3 point cushion down to Roma in 5th which basically means that they are well on their way towards qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the clubs history.
Atalanta have won 8 of their 11 last outings and drawn the other 3 meaning that La Dea have not lost a game since the middle of Februari, in that time the blue and blacks even managed to thrash Juve 3-0 ending the current champions bid for a 5th straight cup title.
Main man Duvan Zapata has scored 22 goals this season as well as having managed 7 assists so backing him to score will be well worth a punt.
Simone Inzaghi's men are having quite a torrid time of things at the moment having been knocked out of the race for a top 4 finish and ironically enough, it was Atalanta who extinguished their hopes a fortnight ago. Revenge will definitely be on their minds.
The controversial decision to let the final be played at the Stadio Olimpico despite it giving Lazio home advantage has not gone unnoticed but, due to Italy being Italy these kind of things have a knack of proceeding despite protests. However, home advantage did not seem to help Lazio out last time as they were pretty much decimated by Atalanta at this very venue barely 2 weeks ago.
As mentioned earlier the going is pretty tough for Lazio and their stats show it, out of their last 8, 4 have ended in defeat, 3 with wins and the last obviously ended in a draw which is a pretty horrendous haul for a champions league chasing team.
Despite all the negativity Lazio possess some real quality in the form of Immobile and the returning Milinkovic-Savic, two players capable of turning a game on its head and after all the crazy turnarounds in recent weeks i would not put it past Lazio to regroup and maybe surprise Atalanta.
Atalanta - Lazio Coppa Italia Betting tip
Due to Atalanta's superior form and the fact that they recently won at this arena i will be backing an Atalanta win at 9/5 with Bethard.