Juventus continue their bid for the Coppa Italia this week when they welcome Serie B promotion contenders SPAL. The match schedules for Wednesday at Allianz Stadium, with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
The Bianconeri are on course to make it a record-breaking 14th cup triumph in the spring. They enter this cup tie as undisputed favorites against a side dominated from the top flight last season.
Before their return to Coppa duty, Bianconeri picked up two successive 2-0 wins since their Derby d’Italia disaster against Inter Milan. Coach Andrea Pirlo earned his first silverware after a Supercopa Italiana win over Napoli.
All eyes will turn on the Old Lady looking to secure a showpiece in the semi-finals with one of their rivals from the second city. The side eased past Genoa in the last 16, thanks to an extra-time effort by Hamza Rafia.
The squad depth comes as an advantage for Andrea Pirlo, which was proof during their win over Milan earlier last month. Whichever starting XI he fields at Allianz Stadium will be full of confidence to get to the semi-finals.
SPAL head into the clash with knowledge of their fate against the Old Lady. However, they will cherish their fond memories in their Serie A clashes in recent times. The side will build on drawing a goalless draw last season and their last 2-1 win in 2019.
SPAL vs. Juventus Head to Head
Both sides have six games against each other, with SPAL taking home one win while Juventus with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Juventus 2-0 Bologna
Juventus 2-0 Napoli
Inter 2-0 Juventus
Juventus 3-2 Genoa
Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo
Cremonese 1-1 SPAL
SPAL 2-0 Reggiana
Frosinone 1-2 SPAL
SPAL 2-3 Brescia
Ascoli 2-0 SPAL
SPAL Team News
Marino will field an experienced starting XI with hopes of providing an upset by pairing experienced midfielders Alberto Paloschi and Sergio Flocarri. On-loan Atalanta striker Marco Tumminello is injured, making it more sense to field a 3-4-2-1 possible formation.
Juventus Team News
Given the heavy schedules in the coming days, Pirlo might choose to rest some first-team players’ limbs. Bonucci and Chiellini’s defensive pair might get a rest with Demiral and De Ligt coming to fitness. Buffon is likely to deputize Szczesny between the sticks. Alex Sandro remains in isolation.
Prediction and Odds
The Old Lady will be garnering a third successive win and clean sheet as they secure a semi-finals spot.
Goals Over 2.5
Home: No Score