Juventus welcome giant killers SPAL in Coppa Italia action. The visitors have already knocked out top flight opposition in Crotone and Sassuolo, but the Bianconeri would be the biggest scalp of them all. The Emilia-Romagna outfit dropped out of Serie A at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 27 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. SPAL: BT Sport ESPN
Last time: Andrea Petagna bagged in the second-half but it was not enough to salvage a draw after earlier efforts from Cristiano Ronaldo and Aaron Ramsey.
Juventus v SPAL Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo celebrated his first trophy as manager after the midweek Supercoppa success over Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli. The former playmaker saw his men bounce back from their Derby d’Italia loss in the best way possible and the young tactician could be boosted by the return of Alex Sandro and Matthijs De Ligt.
The duo will slot straight back in to the defence but there is less good news about Paulo Dybala. The Argentine is still out with a knee strain and could be heading for the exit door this summer. The Bianconeri number 10 is refusing to budge on his wage demands and will reportedly be sold if he does not accept the latest contract offer.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juan Cuadrado to score first||11/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||4/1||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||6/4||Offer|
Pirlo will want to give Ronaldo a rest but the talisman is desperate to play in every match. The top scorer is 11/5 to open proceedings and 11/4 to get two. Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa will flank the forward with Alvaro Morata rested. Kulusevski is 7/4 to net anytime and Chiesa can be found at 13/10. Juventus are 2/11 to advance in regulation time and 1/33 to qualify.
Opponents SPAL have enjoyed a memorable Coppa run but their chief objective is to return to Italy’s premier division at the first time of asking. Pasquale Marino’s troops face stern competition from Empoli, Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza and Chievo for top spot and the boss will have one eye on the contest with a Kevin Prince-Boateng and Mario Balotelli led Biancorossi four days later.
Alberto Paloschi is 17/2 to register anytime and there is great responsibility on the Milan youth graduate to provide the goals between now and the end of the campaign. Federico Di Francesco will link up with the striker and is 12/1 in the same market. The Spallini are 16/1 to be ahead at the final whistle and 20/1 to make the final four of the competition.
One to watch for Juventus: Adrien Rabiot is running out of time to convince Pirlo he has a long-term future at the club. The French international is 15/1 to notch last.
One to watch for SPAL: Sergio Floccari is remarkably in his 24th year as a professional and will feature in the closing stages. The veteran is 28/1 to get the final goal.
Long shot: Juventus will treat SPAL with the upmost respect, but will want to put the tie to bed as quickly as possible. The Bianconeri face Roma, Napoli and Porto in quick succession and with January signings now seemingly unlikely, any new injuries or niggles could prove disastrous. A 5-0 outcome is 16/1.