Juventus and Genoa contest a place in the last eight of the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri are still in the hunt for a historic treble, while the visitors’ chief objective is to retain their top flight survival. Grifone boss Davide Ballardini has only beaten the hosts once from 14 attempts.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 13 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Genoa: BT Sport 3
Last time: Juventus picked up all three points when the sides met in Serie A in December.
Juventus v Genoa Predictions and Preview
Matthijs de Ligt is the latest player to contract coronavirus. The big Dutchman will sit out the cup clash and is now in a race against time to be back in contention for the titanic encounter with Inter on January 17.
Pirlo will hand starts to Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral at the heart of defence and the duo need the minutes. The Bianconeri skipper has only just returned to training after a two-month spell on the treatment table. In contrast, Demiral has largely been fit for the majority of the campaign but is down the pecking order and could leave in the winter in search of regular football.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||18/5||Offer|
|Federico Bernardeschi to score anytime||11/8||Offer|
Two from Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Arthur will definitely start in midfield as Juventus juggle their options ahead of an extremely busy schedule of fixtures. Ramsey is more attack minded than his colleagues and is 3/1 to net anytime and Rabiot can be found at 15/4.
The Argentine put in a positive display in the 3-1 success over Milan and merits his inclusion from the first whistle. Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa are expected to sit out the tie with Dejan Kulusevski occupying the final spot in the forward line. Juventus are 2/9 to win in normal time and 1/12 to qualify.
Elsewhere, Ballardini could make as many as 10 changes to his team. Genoa are in another relegation dog fight and the tactician can ill-afford any injuries to his key performers. Mattia Destro, Domenico Criscito, Goran Pandev, Ivan Radovanović and Milan Badelj will all be rested.
Eldor Shomurodov, who has this week been linked to the champions, is 15/4 to register anytime and the Grifone are 19/2 to pull off a shock result after 90 minutes. The travelling party are 7/1 to make the quarter-final.
One to watch for Juventus: Kulusevski is the complete package. The wide man is blessed with blistering pace, is arguably the best dribbler of the ball in the ranks and can pick a pass. The recruit from Atalanta is 6/1 to break the deadlock.
One to watch for Genoa: Gianluca Scamacca is valued at €25m by parent club Sassuolo and is admired by Milan. The burly hitman is 13/2 to notch last.
Long shot: Genoa’s priorities understandably lie elsewhere, and the floodgates could open if the Grifone concede early on. Ronaldo typically puts the so-called lesser outfits to the sword and will be desperate to make his mark with a century of goals for the Italian heavyweights in sight. A 5-0 result is 35/1.