Italian Football Tips: Napoli and Juventus to deliver in Coppa Italia

Max Allegri has done a fantastic job restoring Juventus to form after a terrible start
Max Allegri has done a fantastic job restoring Juventus to form after a terrible start
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Michael Lintorn fancies Napoli and Juventus to progress through to a Coppa Italia semi-final showdown...


"Lazio usually surrender fairly meekly when they face off, losing seven of the past nine head-to-heads – all by margins of two goals or greater – and drawing the other two (being beaten in extra time in one)."

Recommended Bet: Back Juventus to win at Lazio @ 2.3211/8

Napoli 1.738/11 v Inter 5.69/2; The Draw 4.03/1
Coppa Italia Quarter-Final
Tuesday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 2

These two scudetto adversaries are now on a Coppa Italia collision course and it is Napoli who have the momentum having overtaken Inter at the top of Serie A and moved four points clear of them.

The turning point was a clash between the pair at the Stadio San Paolo in late November, which the southerners won 2-1. The Nerazzurri have dropped points in three of their six meetings with top-tier teams since, whereas Napoli have are on a five-match winning run.

A defensive deterioration has been the issue for Roberto Mancini's men, keeping one clean sheet in four compared to 12 in 17 before, and with the hosts scoring 16 times across their aforementioned five recent victories, that should continue. The favourites have leaked in four straight games though.

Recommended Bet: Back Napoli to win and both teams to score @ 3.613/5


Lazio 3.65 v Juventus 2.3211/8; The Draw 3.39/4
Coppa Italia Quarter-Final
Wednesday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 1

Lazio are Juventus' favourite club on the planet right now, defying the awful form which has seen them drop from third to ninth this season to triumph away to Inter and Fiorentina to allow the Old Lady to ascend to second. Those have been their only Serie A successes in their last 11 attempts.

To ingratiate themselves to the champions even more, the capital side usually surrender fairly meekly when they face off, losing seven of the past nine head-to-heads - all of them by margins of two goals or greater - and drawing the other two (being beaten in extra time in one of those).

Massimiliano Allegri's travellers have prevailed in a mighty 11 consecutive domestic encounters since Halloween and the Biancocelesti aren't playing well enough to deny them a perfect dozen.

Recommended Bet: Back Juventus to win @ 2.3211/8


Sassuolo 2.6213/8 v Torino 3.211/5; The Draw 3.259/4
Serie A
Wednesday, 19:45
Live on BT Sport Europe

Sassuolo's third top-flight campaign has been their most accomplished yet. They will return to the top six if they win this game in hand, and the trends are certainly in their favour.

The Neroverdi are undefeated at home in Serie A this term, and that sequence in fact stretches back to three fixtures last May to total 11. In that period, they have claimed three points off Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan and Lazio and held Fiorentina, so the thought of Torino won't provoke any fear.

The visitors have drifted into the bottom half after a bright start and it is almost entirely the fault of their record on the road, suffering six reverses in seven across all competitions.

Recommended Bet: Back Sassuolo to win @ 2.6213/8

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