Coppa Italia, Round Of Sixteen: Milan Host Novara, Inter Welcome Genoa, Fans Yawn

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 15: FC Internazionale Milano players celebrate victory at the end of the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 15, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

It's almost certain that both Inter and Milan will progress to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, dispensing with Genoa and Novara respectively.

Italian football fans have been holding their breath in anticipation of the midweek matches, in which we'll discover the final two teams that will continue on to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. Ok, this is a lie. Despite Max Allegri's insistence that the Coppa is a priority for AC Milan this season, not many fans actually care -- possibly because the winner tends to have already clinched Champions League qualification, and the runner up looks at Europa like a hindrance rather than a benefit.

In the next round, Juventus will play AS Roma, while Chievo Verona will host Siena. Lazio and Napoli, however, must wait until the end of Thursday night to find out which clubs they'll welcome -- as if there's really a question. Both of the remaining matches will be held at the San Siro. AC Milan host Novara on Wednesday, and after their loss in Sunday's derby, will likely want to put their best foot forward against the team at the bottom of Serie A. Inter Milan, soaring after their 1-0 win, will likely have little trouble with Genoa, who might be in eighth but have one of the worst defenses in the league.

So same old, same old in Italy then. With the exception of Siena, it's almost certain that all teams in the quarter-finals will also be in the top half of the table.

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