The Coppa Italia final kicks off on Wednesday evening with Juventus hoping to win their 15th title. Unfortunately for the Bianconeri, they come up against an Inter side in fine form who has had the better of the Old Lady this season. Juventus and Inter Milan have the chance to get their hands on silverware as they face each other in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.
A closely fought encounter is expected here but the Nerazzurri have gotten the better of their rivals in recent meetings and should have the edge.
The Coppa Italia has been a good competition for Juventus this season as they have maintained a 100% record to the final. Massimiliano Allegri’s men did the double over Fiorentina to book their place in Wednesday’s clash with the tie ending 3-0 on aggregate.
Juventus has secured Champions League qualification for next season by holding a seven-point gap in fourth.
Form Guide: Juventus
Juventus reached the competition’s showpiece event thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory over Fiorentina in the semi-finals. Inter, meanwhile, progressed at the expense of their crosstown rivals via the same scoreline following a comfortable second leg triumph. Juventus are well known for having an elite mentality, especially when it comes to games of this magnitude.
Juventus have generally been in good form lately with just one defeat in their last six matches across all competitions. However, that defeat came last Saturday as they were down 2-1 at Genoa in Serie A. Holding a seven-point gap in fourth, Juventus have now secured Champions League qualification for next season.
Form Guide: Inter Milan
Inter Milan have not maintained a 100% record in the Coppa Italia like Juventus, but they are still unbeaten in the competition. They overcame Serie A leader AC Milan in the semi-final, playing out a 0-0 draw in the first leg before claiming a 3-0 victory in the return leg.
The Coppa Italia could represent Inter Milan’s only claim to silverware this season with AC Milan refusing to budge at the top of Serie A. In their quest to reel in the Rossoneri, Simone Inzaghi’s men have been near perfect lately with seven wins from their last eight matches across all competitions.
Inter Milan warmed up for Wednesday’s final with a 4-2 victory over Empoli in Serie A last Friday. They showed good character to fight back from two goals down with Lautaro Martinez netting a brace while Alexis Sanchez was also on target.
How the game could go
Despite falling away at Bologna two weeks ago, Inter look to have rediscovered their groove down the stretch, and their resurgence was ignited by their gritty victory in April’s Derby d’Italia.
All the signs point towards an Inter victory on Wednesday. They’re simply a better side who’ll be able to exert total control on the contest. However, Juventus have run them close on three occasions this season, and I expect another tight encounter in the Coppa Italia final.
While Inter is distinctly superior, this is such a tough one to call. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went all the way to penalties.
Under 2.5 Goals
Juventus have won five of the last seven Coppa Italia finals and they are back in the last two of this season’s event. We’re expecting a tight, tense, and competitive 90-minutes or more in the final of the Coppa Italia this season. Juventus have more pedagogy in this competition than any other Italian club and have won this competition (14) twice as many times as Inter Milan (7). Under 2.5 goals have been produced in four of the last seven head-to-heads between Juve and Inter with their last game ending in a 1-0 win to the latter. Bet9ja have 1.75, 1xbet have 1.84 and Paripesa have 1.84 odds.
Both teams to score (NO)
We’re not expecting there to be many goals in this final and we can see either one or both sides failing to score during the opening 90-minutes. One goal could prove enough to win on Wednesday just as it did for Inter Milan when they took on Juve last month. Neither of these sides has kept many clean sheets of late but we expect both to defend manfully on Wednesday night, hoping not to give away any cheap goals. Juventus have history in their favor but Inter have outplayed their opponents in Serie A this season and head into the final as the favorites. Bet9ja have 1.87 odds, Paripesa have 1.91 and 1xbet have 1.91 odds.
Anytime Goalscorer (Juventus)
Dusan Vlahovic won’t be left isolated against Inter’s imperious back three, and he is sure going to be a threat for this Juventus side in transition throughout if. He has already hit double-figure goals since his famed move in January, becoming the proper striker the club needs. He would be looking to get his first trophy with this Juventus side here today and we know he can provide the goals when needed. Bet9ja have 3.15 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.88.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has found the net in three of his last five H2H appearances, scoring twice beyond the hour mark. He has a good history of good performances in this competition and he looks the one most likely to find the back of the net for this Juventus side. Bet9ja have 3.0 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.40.
Anytime Goalscorer (Inter Milan)
Lautaro Martínez has scored three times against Juventus since he arrived in Italy, netting before the break each time. He has scored 23 goals across all competitions this season. The striker has also found the net seven times in his last six matches. A really good statistic when choosing a goal scorer. Bet9ja have 2.90 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.00.
The veteran striker cannot be left out here as he would possibly partner Martinez up front and provide the goals. He is currently the team’s second top goalscorer with 17 goals in all competitions for Inter. He too would be looking to have his first taste of silverware in Inter colors. Bet9ja have 3.20 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.62.
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