The second legs in the Coppa Italia take place this weekend, as the sides that will play in the showpiece final will be decided. Juventus will be looking to return to the final once again, as they bid to successfully defend their title. They take a 1-0 lead into their second leg against Fiorentina.
Coppa Italia Preview
The tie between Juventus and Fiorentina in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia is still alive. However, the advantage is certainly with the defending champions following their 1-0 win in the first leg a couple of weeks ago. The Old Lady has been in excellent form in recent weeks, as they have picked up three wins from their previous five.
However, the goal for any season for Juventus is silverware, and the Coppa Italia presents them with their only realistic chance this season. Juventus have been strong throughout the competition, as they have knocked out Serie A sides in each of the previous two rounds. The Old Lady eased to a 4-1 success in the round of 16 against Sampdoria, before they secured a 2-1 victory against Sassuolo at the quarterfinal stage.
The first leg between the sides took place at the beginning of March, with Juventus narrowly gaining a 1-0 advantage. It was a late goal in the fixture, as an own goal by Lorenzo Venuti ensured that the Old Lady had a lead to defend in the return fixture.
Fiorentina have won the Coppa Italia on six previous occasions, but it has been over 20 years since their last success back in 2001. They have already produced some big victories on their way to this stage, as they knocked out Napoli in the round of 16 with a 5-2 win after extra time. Meanwhile, they narrowly edged past Atalanta in the quarterfinal stage with a 3-2 success.
Juventus vs Fiorentina Head to Head
Their meeting in the Coppa Italia in March was the first time that these sides have clashed in this competition since 2015. On that occasion, Fiorentina won 2-1 away from home, before losing the return leg 3-0. Juventus are unbeaten in their previous three in all competitions against Fiorentina.
Juventus vs Fiorentina Prediction
Juventus have a lead to defend in this second leg, and it looks challenging to see past them completing the job back in Turin. I could see the Old Lady recording a 2-0 win to reach the Coppa Italia final with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
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