Italy: Coppa Italia
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
Traditionally, after finishing of another group stage of the Champions League and prior to the beginning of the first round of the playoffs two months winter vacation take place. During this time all top national leagues are focused on playing the final rounds of national cups.
As of the writing of this prediction the number of applicants for the final victory in current Coppa Italia championship was reduced to six teams. These are Juventus, Napoli, Lazio, Milan, Atalanta and Torino.
First semi-final pair
It is obvious that now the football fans have the right to ask quite reasonable question – how it is possible that the national cup tournament has only six teams? If it is a quarterfinal stage there have to be eight teams and if semifinal then four.
All the matter is that the quarterfinals of Coppa Italia are divided into two weeks. And that is why according to the results of the first week the first pair of semifinalists (Lazio –Milan) is already defined.
Forthcoming battle at San Paolo
Now, during the first New Year's midweek the second semifinal pair of Coppa Italia-2018 will be defined. It will be composed of the winner of another Turin derby Juventus - Torino and also the winner of the forthcoming fight between Napoli and Atalanta at San Paolo.
And now, prior to the Neapolitan meeting between the teams of Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini an interesting question has been put: whether additional cup matches are necessary to the main challenger for new Scudetto?
Maurizio Sarri has given irrefragable answer to this question. The coach of Azzurri has assured the fans of great desire of his team to fight for national cup.
This will be the second at this season meeting of the hosts of San Paolo against the rivals. Let us remind you that during the first circle the Neapolitan club has won over the rival with a goal difference in two goals (3:1). What team will be stronger in the forthcoming fight?
Napoli – 1.55, draw – 4.30, Atalanta– 6.00;
Our tip: Napoli to win - odds 1.74 5Dimes