Juventus vs Napoli
Coppa Italia – Semifinal, First Leg.
Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Juventus Stadium (Turin).
Juventus host Napoli in the first leg semi final tie of the Copa Italia 2016/17 edition. The Old Lady will be keen to take a respectable lead from the home tie, which puts them in a comfortable position in the second leg at Naples in April.
The Old Lady recorded their 9th straight win in all competitions when they defeated Empoli 2-0 at home in the weekend league fixture. The result also marked their 7th clean sheets in 8 matches.
As Juventus sit with a 7 point lead over Roma at the top of the table, Massimiliano Allegri is expected to name a strong eleven for the first leg clash against Napoli. Their home record in all competitions this season is one to watch out for here. It is 17 wins from 19 matches, with 2 draws coming in the Champions League outings.
On the other hand, Napoli are coming on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Atalanta. They were on an 18 match unbeaten run in all competitions before their trip to Real Madrid for the Champions League fixture. Now they lost 2 in the space of three matches and there is some regrouping to do as they prepare for the one of the biggest tests of the season.
Juventus vs Napoli: Head-to-head stats
Four of the last five meetings between the two sides has been won by Juvenus, while Napoli have one win to their name. Also, four of those matches have seen both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Juve won their last three home matches against Napoli. They are also unbeaten in the last 7 matches here, excluding those in extra time and penalties.
However, Napoli haven’t lost a cup match inside the 90 minutes in their last three trips to Turin. The most recent one was a Super Cup victory on penalties in 2014. While they lost in same fashion in 2012. They beat Juventus within the regulation time by a 2-0 margin in their last Coppa Italia match here on 2012.
Juventus vs Napoli: Prediction
On current form, it is hard to see Juventus giving Napoli a sniff, especially when the match is played at their home turf. But Napoli are coming with a reputation of scoring in every away game since October. They find the back of the net in 11 consecutive games, which includes their most recent league loss at Turin by a 2-1 margin.
We definitely see Juventus running away as eventual winners of this match. But not before Napoli score one back to give them a few scary moments before the final whistle.
Juventus vs Napoli: Bet Tips
BTTS and Juventus to win at 3/1 (4.00).