Napoli hosts Empoli in the Coppa Italia 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 13th at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona (Naples)
Under the leadership of Gennaro Gattuso, Napoli shows stable football and occupies a position next to the Champions League zone. Moreover, the team made it to the Europa League playoffs. In the national cup, the Neapolitans will hold only the first stage of the competition. In the last segment of Serie A, Napoli slightly slowed down and lost several important points (defeats to Spezia, Lazio, and Inter). Gattuso has a strong team with a large number of experienced players. Coulibaly, Insigne, Zielinski, Ruiz, Mertens, Lozano, Manolas, Bakayoko - these guys performed at the highest competitive level. Napoli also has several talented young players with an eye to the future (Elmas, Osimhen, and Rrahmani).
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The representative of the second echelon of Italian football received a very unpleasant opponent in the 1/8 finals of the national club. In the previous stages of the tournament, Empoli eliminated such opponents as Renata, Benevento, and Brescia. In the championship, Alessio Dionisi's charges are in the lead in the standings. The gap from competitors is three points. The team has a good chance of being promoted at the end of the season. Empoli mainly relies on young footballers with the prospects for their further progress. Among the experienced players of the team, it is worth highlighting the goalkeeper Brignoli, defender Romagnoli, midfielder Stulac, and forwards Matos and Mancuso. Bajrami, Olivieri, Ricci, Haas, and Nikolaou are considered the main young talents of the team.
The history of head-to-head confrontations between these Italian clubs does not speak in favor of the visitors. Now there is a serious difference in class between the teams. Despite the leadership in the second division standings, Empoli will not be able to dictate its terms to the opponent on the football field. Napoli will hold the initiative and regularly go through defensive redoubts of opponents. Gattuso's players have a good opportunity to achieve a landslide victory in their arena.
Prediction for the match: Napoli to win with -1.5 handicap