KICK off: 19 May 22:00
Team news: Following the weekend’s high-octane encounter with old rivals Inter, there appear to be no injury absentees to concern Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo ahead of Wednesday’s big game. However, full-back Alex Sandro picked up his second yellow card of the competition for a foul on Achraf Hakimi during the two clubs’ cup semi, so will miss out on the final as a result. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala celebrated their 100th Juventus goals last week, with the latter slight favourite to join his Capocannoniere-leading counterpart up front for the Bianconeri. A starter on Saturday, young Dejan Kulusevski will, though, vie with both Dybala and Alvaro Morata for the supporting role to Juve’s prolific Portuguese icon. In goal, soon-to-depart Gianluigi Buffon has been the club’s Coppa Italia regular this term and should get the nod over Wojciech Szczesny once again. Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini, meanwhile, has a similarly full hand from which to choose on Wednesday evening, as there are no major injury problems in the Bergamaschi camp. After a short period on the sidelines with a thigh strain, Italy international defender Rafael Toloi returned to the team at the weekend, while top scorer Luis Muriel overcame his own thigh problem to feature from the bench against Genoa. Wing-back Hans Hateboer is another recent returnee, with the right-sided Dutchman set to start on the opposite flank from Robin Gosens – whose goal he assisted last time out – in La Dea’s generally preferred 3-4-2-1 formation. Up front, Muriel will expect to start in support of compatriot Duvan Zapata, but in-form Ruslan Malinovskyi, recent back-to-back goalscorer Mario Pasalic, Josip Ilicic and Saturday’s selection Aleksei Miranchuk are all vying for places in an abundantly-stocked Nerazzurri attack.
Prediction: Over 2,5 goals
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