Juventus vs SPAL
Italy – Coppa Italia
Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium.
Andrea Pirlo’s men are currently the nine-time champions of the Serie A, and by all means are the absolute best team in Italy. They are at home this Wednesday, and in the Quarters of the Coppa they are pitted against a team from the second division.
It goes without saying that the Old Lady are the overwhelming favorites to secure a win this game week.
However, there is no way that Pirlo’s men will take this fixture lightly. Contrary to usual, they are facing stiff competition for the Italian crown this time around, and a convincing win this Wednesday will only help to improve their confidence.
Moreover, their potential semi-final opponents are either AC Milan or Inter, and that game surely will not be an easier one.
It’s better that the Old Lady build some momentum before taking on one of the in-form teams from the city of Milan.
Moreover, Pirlo’s men also have a great h2h record against this foe over the years, and have scored in plenty in such match-ups.
By the looks of things, expect a Juventus win at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus vs SPAL build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Andrea Pirlo’s men have recovered brilliantly from their 2-0 loss against Inter, beating Napoli 2-0 to lift the Supercoppa Italiana before edging past Bologna by the same scoreline at the weekend.
With 13 titles to their name, Juventus have won the Coppa Italia more than any other side in Italy, also reaching a record 20 finals (including last season), though they fell to a shock penalty shootout defeat to Napoli in that particular showpiece. However, given their historical record, Juventus will fancy their chances here against lower league opposition.
That said, SPAL won’t be short on confidence themselves ahead of their trip to Turin and will certainly be eager to make their mark on the Italian champions.
Pasquale Marino’s men have already knocked out Serie A sides Sassuolo and Crotone to reach this stage, while they’re currently enjoying a four-game unbeaten run across all competitions and remain well in contention for promotion back to the top-flight.
- Juventus (vs Bologna): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Chiellini, Danilo; McKennie, Arthur, Bentancur, Bernardeschi; Kulusevski, Ronaldo.
- SPAL (vs Cremonense): Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Ranieri; Strefezza, Missiroli, Esposito, Valoti, Sala; Paloschi, Floccari.
Juan Cuadrado’s return has helped ease Pirlo’s defensive injury crisis, but he will remain without Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro and Merih Demiral for this cup clash. Paulo Dybala will also be absent for the Old Lady.
SPAL head to Turin missing only long-term absentees Ibrahima Mbaye, Gary Medel and Federico Santander
Juventus vs SPAL: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest match-up had taken place last year, and then the Serie A champions had recorded a 1-2 win on the road.
- They have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival this past decade, barring a single loss.
- At this venue, the hosts have a 100% winning record in the 21st century.
- They also have scored two or more goals in all such clashes so far.
Juventus vs SPAL Prediction
The Old Lady had won six of their previous seven match-ups, and had scored two or more goals in six of the preceding seven fixtures.
Going on, they were also unbeaten in 25 of their last 28 overall fixtures, and the three losses during this stretch had come against Barcelona, Fiorentina, and Inter.
On the other hand, their counterparts are from the Serie B, and were winless in six of the past ten overall games. In addition, they were winless in 14 of their preceding 20 road trips, and in the process had gone through a five-match losing run.
Finally, Pirlo’s men also have a 100% winning record in h2h clashes at this venue over the past decade, and have scored two or more goals in all these years.
Taking into account these stats, expect a dominating Juventus win this Wednesday