Juventus take on Inter Milan in the fourth Derby d'Italia of the 2021-22 season, this time in the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico in the wee hours of Thursday, May 12. The match will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
In what will be the third ever Coppa Italia final between the two Italian giants, Juventus will hope to come out on top yet again, after having won the previous two deciders against Inter in 1959 and 1965.
Come Thursday, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will have midfielder Manuel Locatelli back in the team, but Weston McKennie will continue to sit out through injury.
As for Inter, there are no fresh injuries as even Alessandro Bastoni trained with the team this week. His return means coach Simone Inzaghi could make a few alterations for the final.
Juventus vs Inter odds for Coppa Italia 2021-22 final
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Juventus vs Inter recent form
Both Juventus and Inter have dropped vital points in the recent Serie A gameweeks. The former, however, have tasted defeat in their most recent match against Genoa where an injury-time winner from Domenico Criscito subjected the Old Lady to a 2-1 loss.
Before that, however, the team from Turin won four of their last five matches, with the other ending in a 1-1 draw.
Inter, on the other hand, have won each of their last two matches, but a 2-1 defeat at hands of Bologna before these did put a massive dent in their title defence. Be that as it may, that defeat remains their only loss since February 26.
Juventus: L, W, W, W, D
Inter: W, W, L, W, W
Juventus vs Inter Milan head-to-head
In a total of 248 matches across all competitions, Juventus have defeated Inter on 114 occasions while Inter have come out on top 80 times. As many as 64 matches have been drawn.
Now, the numbers do favour Juventus, but the team is yet to win a match against Inter this season. Their first meeting of the ongoing campaign ended in a 1-1 draw, but Inter bwon the remaining two games, one in the Serie A and another in Supercoppa Italiana.
Juventus vs Inter Milan prediction and football betting tips for Coppa Italia final 2021-22
The fact that Inter have outrightly dominated Juventus this season explains why they are the odds on favourites to win Thursday’s encounter. Factor in the recent form and Inter, deservedly, hold the edge.
Given the big occasion, however, the match can go either way and Juventus do have sufficient pedigree and enough arsenal in their squad to defy the odds.
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