Having frustrated the Partenopei in the league on Sunday, Al Hain-Cole is backing Allegri’s solid side to keep things tight in this Coppa Italia clash
Napoli will be aiming to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit when they welcome Juventus to the Stadio San Paolo for Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final.
Having run out 2-1 winners when the sides last met on this ground in last season’s Serie A clash, the Partenopei are 7/5 (2.40) favourites with bet365 to keep their hopes of progression alive by coming out on top once again.
However, Massimiliano Allegri’s team have won 13 and lost nine of their previous 15 fixtures and can be backed at 15/8 (2.88) to book their place in a third consecutive final with another victory in southern Italy.
The sides actually played out a 1-1 draw when they met in the league just three days ago, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them cancelling each other out once again in this one.
Despite spending the majority of the match on the back foot, the Serie A leaders were evidently more than satisfied with a stalemate in Turin as it kept them 10 points clear of Maurizio Sarri’s third-placed team and well on course for a sixth consecutive Scudetto.
With a two-goal lead to protect in order to reach the final, the Bianconeri are unlikely to show much more attacking ambition when they come up against their usually free-scoring opposition in Naples.
Having conceded just six goals in their last 15 matches, Allegri’s men will certainly back themselves to frustrate the hosts for the second time in a week, particularly after keeping clean sheets in five of their previous seven on the road.
In fact, considering Napoli have actually only scored nine goals in their last seven home games, odds of 19/20 (1.95) seem fairly generous on a defensive Juventus side ensuring under 2.5 goals are scored for their eighth consecutive away game.