Defending champions Juventus are on course for their 11th Coppa Italia title this season after reaching the semi-final of the 2015/16 competition where they will now face Inter Milan over two legs for a place in the final. Juventus have won this tournament more times than any other club in Italy and, considering their 1-0 victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, they now looked best place to stay on course for another league and cup double this season.
Juventus on course for 11th Coppa Italia!
Massimiliano Allegri’s side can be backed at 10/11 in the Serie A betting as of 21st January and it now looks like a two-horse race between themselves and current leaders Napoli.
After a shaky start to their season, Juventus have topped the recent form table as they have won all of their last seven games in all competitions. They have not lost a game in Serie A or one of the domestic Italian cups since 28th October, where they were beaten 1-0 away from home by Sassuolo.
In their semi-final clash with Inter, Juventus should be able to outscore their opponents, who have netted just 25 times in 20 games in Serie A this season. The first leg is in Turin and the hosts can take an advantage over to Milan for the crucial return meeting in March.
In the other Coppa Italia semi-final tie, AC Milan will meet Alessandria, who are the surprise package in the competition this season. The Lega Pro/A side have become the first club in that lowly a league position since Bari in 1984 to reach the last four in this tournament.
Alessandria started their run in the 2015/16 Coppa Italia back in August when they defeated Altovicentino in the first round. Wins over Pro Vercelli, Juve Stabia and Palermo followed before they made it through to the last 16.
The Lega Pro/A team required extra time to beat Genoa, while they booked their semi-final spot after a 2-1 win against Serie B’s Spezia.
Although it has been refreshing to see a third tie team do so well in the cup competition, they could have stage fright against AC Milan, who are so much more accustomed to the final stages of tournaments.
It is crucial that Alessandria take a lead from their first leg tie at their Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta, otherwise the accumulative scoreline could be very one-side by the time the final whistle is blown in Milan.
Sinisa Mihajlovic has made a solid start to his managerial career at AC Milan since taking over in the summer following the sacking of Filippo Inzaghi.
The Serie A side should have far too much quality to get through this tie and reach their first Coppa Italia final since 2003. Take Milan to qualify and to win both of the two games between the clubs.