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Juventus face tricky Coppa Italia clash against fiery Fiorentina

| 05.03.2015

Juventus, odds-on for victory over 90 minutes with Coral at 1/2, have an excellent chance to put one foot in the Coppa Italia final, as they welcome foes Fiorentina to Turin.

The Old Lady will be aiming to capitalise on home advantage as they prepare for this fascinating semi-final first leg, and will be hoping to extend a 23-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Juve have not been beaten on home turf by Viola since 2008, and have conceded just once in their past three games against Vincenzo Montella’s men, so the Turin team are 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

Fiorentina will still fancy their chances, however, as Juventus will surely have one eye on Serie A. After splitting the spoils last time out with Roma, the title looks sure to stay in the Old Lady’s grip. However, Massimiliano Allegri may not want to ruin his side’s Scudetto momentum, and decide to give some of his stars a rest.

Viola are in a purple patch of form themselves, with a 12 game unbeaten run meaning the Tuscan team are an excellent 11/2 to secure a vital away victory.

Having held Juve to two draws in their last three duels, odds of 3/1 for Montella’s side to split the spoils again are favourable.

Chelsea-owned attacker Mohamed Salah, 7/2 in the anytime market, has found the net in all three of his last outings for Viola and continues to impress.

Brought in to fill departed Juan Cuadrado’s shoes, the rampant wingman has given Fiorentina a bigger forward threat. Speaking of his fantastic new recruit, boss Montella stated: “I know that when a player is going through that kind of form, it’s the duty of a coach to encourage it.

“I think he can play any position in attack. He attacks the space well and is very good at getting straight into the tempo of a game when coming off the bench.”

Expected to start, sensational Salah will likely be supporting opportunistic poacher Mario Gomez, who is 12/5 in the anytime market, while Senegal striker Khouma Babacar is an injury doubt.

Viola custodian Norberto Neto, who was inspirational last time out against Inter Milan, has been linked with a summer switch to Juve, and will need to be on top of his game here to deny the Old Lady’s attack.

After scoring a sensational free kick against Roma, tenacious Carlos Tevez could well be rested, so the Argentina attacker is best value at 3/1 to lend a hand off the bench and strike last. Spanish starlet Alvaro Morata is 9/2 to hit home first, while fellow forward Fernando Llorente is 13/8 in the anytime market.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.