Juventus and Inter battle it out for a place in the Coppa Italia final. Antonio Conte rued his side’s inability to take their chances on home soil and the pressure is on to deliver silverware after a mammoth shopping spree since his appointment. Elsewhere, Andrea Pirlo rested several first teamers in Milan but is expected to go full strength with skipper Giorgio Chiellini back marshalling the defence.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 9 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Inter: BT Sport 2
Last time: A Cristiano Ronaldo brace cancelled out Lautaro Martinez’s opener.
Juventus v Inter Predictions and Preview
Chiellini and Bonucci will return for the second encounter at the expense of promising duo Merih Demiral and Matthijs de Ligt. The veteran pairing have played together for the best part of a decade, for both club and country, and Pirlo will be relying on his old team-mates to get the Bianconeri over the line.
Juan Cuadrado and Danilo will operate as full-backs and the Colombian is integral to how Juventus set up. The 32-year-old has 10 assists to his name and also has a knack of coming up with some big goals. Cuadrado is 4/1 to net anytime and has formed a nice partnership with new fan favourite Weston McKennie.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
|Achraf Hakimi to score first||12/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
The all-action Texan has outscored midfield colleagues Aaron Ramsey, Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot and is 14/5 to get on the scoresheet anytime. Colleague Federico Chiesa is 11/2 to break the deadlock, while Ronaldo is available at 5/2.
The legendary attacker is battling Romelu Lukaku for collective and individual honours and currently has the edge in the Serie A standings with 15 strikes to the Belgian’s 14. Alvaro Morata is available at 9/2 in the same market and the Bianconeri are 11/8 to advance at the final whistle and 2/9 outright.
Opponents Inter remain frustratingly inconsistent. The Nerazzurri beat the Scudetto holders in domestic action only two weeks ago but failed to follow up their convincing win in the cup. Conte knows his troops have a mountain to climb and Lukaku, Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Hakimi will all feature from the start.
The ex-Manchester United forward is 3/1 to open proceedings and Martinez is 7/2. Eriksen, who has now won over his manager’s faith, is 9/4 to register anytime and will link up with Nicolò Barella in the middle of the park. The Azzurri international is on the radar of every big club in Europe and is one of Conte’s undroppables. Inter are 19/10 to turn things round in 90 minutes and 3/1 to qualify.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala has handed Pirlo a boost after recovering from a five-week lay off and will get a late run out. The South American is 9/2 to notch last.
One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic and Ashley Young have rotated down the left wing and the World Cup finalist is expected to get the nod. The ex-Borussia Dortmund ace is 12/5 to bag anytime.
Long shot: On paper, Inter have the best squad in the division, with Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Roberto Gagliardini and Aleksandar Kolarov often warming the substitutes bench. Conte may need to use his deep resources and a 3-1 success for the travelling party is 25/1.