Napoli is coming to this Coppa Italia clash after meeting the expectations in their last Serie A appearance at home against underdogs from Sampdoria when they did just enough to record a close 1:0 victory.
Generally speaking, they were a dominant side from the start, but only managed to be effective once over Petagna in the late phase of the first part, definitely not using their overall better appearance to its full potential in this one.
Napoli is showing signs of form decrease lately, as they lost their top spot in the rankings, currently being 3rd, having six points less compared to the leaders from Inter.
Defender Koulibaly (14/2), midfielders Zambo Anguissa (14/0), and Ounas (10/0) are away on international duty. Forward Ingigne (17/4) is out, while positive recently were goalkeeper Meret (2/0), defenders Malcuit (5/0), Rui (18/0), offensive midfielder Zielinski (19/5), and forward Lozano (19/2).
Udinese had a ceratin dose of misfortune last time out at home against Milan, as they were denied with a victory and took only a point in a 1:1 draw.
They took the lead in the 17th over Beto and kept it almost till the end, but as mentioned, definitely lacked a bit more luck, as they conceded an equalizer just before the full time, and continued their winless run in Serie A campaign, which currently puts them at the 15th spot in the rankings.
They miss defender Larsen (11/0) and offensive midfielder Pereyra (13/2).
Crotone is visibly struggling in their respectful Serie B campaign, as they recorded their last positive result back in October, losing their latest fixture on the road to Cremonese with a close 3:2 result.
Juventus has every reason to approach this second leg with confidence, as they were victorious in the first with a 2:1 result, and come from a 2:0 victory at home in their last Serie A match against Roma.
They took the lead first in the 13th minute after Ronaldo showed some great effort and even though Juventus looked pretty passive when the match moved to the second, they still managed to put one more to the scoreline in the 69th, as Ibanez had a misfortune to score an own goal.
A team from Turin is at 3rd place in the rankings, having seven points less compared to the leaders from Milan, but overly looking, stabilized their play in the second part of the season.
Napoli appeared quite confident last time out at home against Parma when they come with a 2:0 victory, seemingly without too much effort.
They looked far sharper in the offense, visibly having more creativity in their play, despite less of the ball possession overall, and with one goal scored in each part of the clash via Elmas and Politano, deservedly took this routine victory.
This victory was just what they needed, after loss away to Verona in Serie A, currently being at European leading 5th spot in the standings.
Napoli is coming to this Coppa Italia clash after their pretty insecure performance in Serie A on the road against Verona, as they come with a 3:1 defeat.
They started the match in the best way possible, taking the lead already in the first minute over Lozano, but overly looking, they were a more passive side in this one. Despite being considered as an underdog, the hosts managed to prove the bookies wrong this time, successfully leveling up in the 34th and with two goals scored afterward in the second, took this surprising victory.
Napoli is at European leading 6th place in the overall standings, still having a chance to enter the Champions League race, as they lack only two points compared to Juventus.
A team from Bergamo did a great job in their last Serie A match on the road against Milan when they recorded a convincing 0:3 victory.
Through the encounter, the visitors were looking better with the ball, and deservedly took the lead in the 26th over Romero. The second part, pretty much, went by in a similar play from both sides, but again, the guests used their chances with better efficiency, successfully scoring two more times over Ilicic (a penalty) and Zapata, being far more threatening and concrete with the ball.
Atalanta is now in 5th place in Serie A, and this victory was just what they needed for the upcoming Coppa Italia encounter.
Inter failed to meet the expectations in the last round of Serie A when they came with a 0:0 draw against underdogs from Udinese, playing as a visiting team.
The guests started the match more aggressively, looking far closer to taking the lead, but lack of concentration at the finishing prevented them from doing so. There is not much to say about the second part, as both sides appeared pretty passive, so a goalless match didn’t come as a great surprise after everything we’ve seen, to be honest.
Inter is currently in 2nd place in the general rankings, having only two points less than leaders from Milan.