16:30 GMT 20 December 2017
The last Serie A action of 2017 takes place at the weekend ahead of the winter break but before that, the Coppa Italia returns at the last 16 round. Lazio, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Inter have already confirmed their place in the quarter-final places and either Roma or Torino will take up one of the four remaining spots in the next round. They face each other at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening.
Torino have won just once in their last 15 meetings with Roma, making awful reading for their fans. However, in the Coppa Italia match almost exactly 10 years ago, Torino ran out 3-1 winners so they can take some confidence from that stat. They don’t struggle to score against Roma and have scored in five of the last six matches against them, winning just once. Roma will be very confident of a victory and this is backed up by their total domination of Torino for a number of years.
Roma may field a second-string side for the quarter-final as their attention will be firmly fixed on the league. This side should still be too strong for Torino after the first-teamers played just a few days ago. They don’t have any notable injuries to worry about, Gregoire Defrel could return to the matchday squad.
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This could be a great chance for Torino to get their hands on some silverware with the top Italian teams very close at the summit. They have several injured players with Adem Ljajic being the main absentee. Christian Ansaldi, Maxi Lopez and Kevin Bonifazi join him on the injury table. Latest matches: Turin FC
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Roma will be expecting to avoid a potential banana skin in the quarter-final as they look to get past Torino and they shouldn’t have too many problems doing just that with a much stronger squad. Even against a weakened team, Torino will struggle to make the semi-final but they will give it a go. With nothing to lose against the Italian giants, the visitors might find themselves in the hat for the next round but Roma are undoubtedly very strong favourites.
20 December 2017 - 16:30 GMT
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