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Juventus vs. Inter Milan - Coppa Italia Semifinals Match Preview

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It's Coppa time!

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Match Facts

Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Time: 14:45 am ET/ 20:45 CET

Venue: Juventus Stadium; Turin, Italy

Let's be prepared to see these two teams face each other again and again in the near future. After this Wednesday's match in fact, they will play against on February 28th (Serie A) and then one more time on March 2nd for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals.

There couldn't be a worse time to face the Vecchia Signora. They have won their last 11 Serie A games, which is a rather impressive result, even for a team that has dominated this league for the past 5 years. On the other hand, Inter have been on a roller-coaster in terms of results in their latest fixtures and they could use this hard challenge to boost their motivation and play at their best to defeat the unbeatable Juventus.

Last week against Napoli Mancini went with the 4-2-3-1 formation and it worked out pretty well, handing his squad the win with a solid 2-0 result. If I was him, I would use the same plan. It helps the team being properly covered on the defensive end, while the opposing team always need to be alert because of the four offensive players. Plus, without an actual playmaking midfielder, this squad doesn't need too much people in the middle of the pitch, so two players are just enough to disrupt the opponent's maneuvers and play the ball to one of the attackers.

Projected Lineups

Juventus: Neto; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba, Alex Sandro, Dybala, Morata.

Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Juan Jesus, Santon; Medel, Kondogbia, Felipe Melo; Ljajic, Perisic, Jovetic.