After two cagey first-leg affairs last month, the decisive Coppa Italia semifinals take place Wednesday, with Juventus hosting Atalanta in Turin at 11:30 a.m ET followed by AC Milan at Lazio at 2:45 p.m.
Juventus, the reigning champions, not only have the home advantage, but a slender 1-0 lead and crucial away goal. The scorer of said winner in the reverse fixture, Gonzalo Higuain, is sidelined, though, and Max Allegri will also be without the injured Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi.
Paulo Dybala is back fit and should start for the first time since early January, but it’s an unsung Juve player that Atalanta have struggled to come to grips with in the past. Indeed, having been redeployed as a very untraditional left-sided forward in recent times, Mario Mandzukic may not carry the same goal threat he once did, but he’s still a big part of Allegri’s approach.