The football season is about to get pretty hectic for teams in the Serie A.
This is the case for at least six of the eight teams remaining in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia. This week will mark the beginning of what will be a long month featuring major, season-defining games.
When February arrives, UEFA Champions League and Europa League action will resume.
For some teams (Juventus and AS Roma) it’ll be about fighting for European domination. For some others (Inter, Lazio and Napoli), it’ll be about avoiding the murky waters of the Europa League.
But first things first, there’s the issue of qualifying for the semi-final of the Coppa Italia. And this is what the fixture list looks like:
AC Milan vs. Napoli
Milan will welcome Napoli to the San Siro for a second successive meeting. Both sides met last weekend and played out a 0-0 draw. A game with a history of many goals being scored saw both sides draw blanks as the defences came out on top.
AC Milan will be targeting a win in this game while keeping an eye on AS Roma, their next opponent in the league.
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Inter Milan vs. Lazio
Since losing to Juventus on the 7th of December, Inter Milan has remained undefeated (W4, D3). Worthy of note is their home form this season. The Nerazzurri have not been defeated at home this season. What’s more? Their last game against Lazio saw them win by three unreplied goals.
Fiorentina vs. AS Roma
The last game between both sides ended in a 1-1 draw. But that was the first time a game between both sides would end in a draw since 2015. Since then, both sides have clashed seven times in all competitions. AS Roma’s four wins in those last seven games featured 2+ goals scored in each win.
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But they have to worry about Fiorentina’s home form. Juventus is the only side that has defeated Fiorentina at home this season. Speaking of Juventus, they also have a match to look forward to…
Atalanta vs. Juventus
The Old Lady is the only side in Europe’s top five leagues yet to taste league defeat. Home or away, Juventus’ prolific scoring has continued and they have remained difficult to overcome. With this, it’s easy to predict a Juventus win.
However, two of Juventus’ last three visits to Atalanta has seen them leave with just one point. Atalanta may not be the most formidable side in the Serie A. But they sure know how to handle Juve at home.
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