Juventus look to reclaim their Coppa Italia crown beginning on Wednesday night when they play host to Udinese in the round of 16.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Key Stat: Juventus haven't lost any of their last eight games (7W, 1D) against Udinese, with all of those coming in Serie A.
Expert Verdict: Juventus, even with what is likely to be a rotated squad here, are going to be massive favorites. They lost in this round last season, but that was away to Atalanta, and some could argue that didn't help the previous manager keep his job. While this might not end Sarri's spell if they lost, it would not be a favorable outcome. They are usually downright destructive at home, so we don't expect to see anything other than that here.
Maurizio Sarri continues to miss out on the services of midfielder Sami Khedira and defender Giorgio Chiellini due to injuries.
Juve have tried to play a super attacking lineup at times this season and it has left them unbalanced. They didn’t on Sunday, which means Gonzalo Higuain got a good rest. He’s not in the best form or shape ever, but he’s still got plenty of ability to score goals- and bundles of them. Federico Bernadeschi, who has enjoyed a fine season, and is also going to be well rested here. He’s no doubt going to look to show why he should be in the first XI permanently.
Juventus have four wins and a loss in their last five matches:
1-2 win at Roma
4-0 home win vs Cagliari
1-3 loss vs Lazio (Italian Super Cup)
1-2 win at Sampdoria
3-1 home win vs Udinese
Defenders:Danilo, de Ligt, Rugani, De Sciglio
Midfielders:Can, Bentancur, Pjaca
Forwards:Bernadeschi, Higuain, Costa
Luca Gotti will be missing center back Samir here but otherwise has a pretty strong side to pick from as they seek to spring a big upset win over the Old Lady.
If Udinese want to pull off the shock here, Rodrigo De Paul is likely to be the man that will need to orchestrate that. He has been impressive in Serie A with four goals so far. One of those came on Sunday as they strolled to a comfortable win over Sassuolo. Up front, Stefano Okaka is a man to keep an eye on. Like De Paul, he also has scored four goals in the top flight, meaning he is no slouch and certainly has the pedigree to make an impact on proceedings.
Udinese have three wins, a loss, and a draw in their last five matches:
3-0 home win vs Sassuolo
0-1 win at Lecce
2-1 home win vs Cagliari
3-1 loss at Juventus
1-1 home draw vs Napoli
Defenders:Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck
Midfielders:Larsen, De Paul, Walace, Fofana, Sema
In 49 matches, Juventus have dominated Udinese, taking 34 wins and seven draws thus far.
Here's a look at the last five results:
Dec 15, 2019: Juventus 3-1 Udinese
Mar 8, 2019: Juventus 4-1 Udinese
Oct 6, 2018: Udinese 0-2 Juventus
Mar 11, 2018: Juventus 2-0 Udinese
Oct 22, 2017: Udinese 2-6 Juventus
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Juventus are at -400, a draw is at +500, and Udinese are at +900.
Juventus will come into this match on top of the Serie A table with 48 points from 19 games. They are two ahead of Inter Milan and six ahead of Lazio, who also have a game in hand. They have not hit the heights many expect of them to just yet, but they are still on top of the pile and big favorites to retain the league crown. In the Coppa Italia, they will come into this looking to make up for their loss in the first game last term.
Udinese, meanwhile, are in a decent spot in Serie A. They have themselves in 12th ahead of this midweek cup outing, sitting on 24 points. They are a full ten above Genoa in the drop zone, and they are on a roll of late with three wins and ten points from their last five games. That is a big improvement and it shows they have gotten better in recent times. They are five off the European places, but they might feel this is their best shot at glory.
Juventus, as usual, have a gargantuan record at home this term. They have taken 11 wins and a draw in 12 games so far, with the lone draw coming at the hands of Sassuolo in Serie A to begin December. Even if they rotate, it would be a big surprise to see them lose. As for Udinese, they have just two wins, a draw, and six losses in nine games across all competitions. With that said, they won on their last trip to lowly Lecce, helping raise their profile a bit.
Betfair have no for both sides to score at 1.75.
Ladbrokes have Juve scoring first at ¼.
The Old Lady have been here and done this plenty of times. They have a huge, high quality squad to their names, and they will make it pay off as they get a comfortable win over Udinese to begin their quest for more cup glory.