EPL Preview: Matches To Watch This Week
A major trophy is on the line on Wednesday in Rome when Juventus and Napoli meet in the Coppa Italia final. Juve beat AC Milan in the semifinals, while Napoli defeated Inter Milan. This match comes just before Serie A play resumes this weekend in Italy after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Viewing informationDate: Wednesday, June 17Time: 3 p.m. ETLocation: Stadio Olimpico — Rome, ItalyTV: ESPN (English), ESPN Deportes (Spanish) and Rai Italia (Italian)Live stream: ESPN app; Rai Italia feed on – fuboTV (Try for free)Odds: Juventus +105; Napoli +260; Draw +240 (via William Hill Sportsbook) Storylines
Juventus: Juve is the heavy favorite in this one and should have more than enough to create chances, but the focal point has to be on the defensive end and in numbers. Napoli’s attack is a rare one that features two clinical, short speedsters in Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. They combine well together, as we saw in the tie-clinching goal against Inter. Expect Juve to be physical and aggressive early to set the tone.
Napoli: Napoli showed it can handle adversity in this cup after going down just minutes into the second leg, and that organization we saw is a credit to coach Gennaro Gattuso. In this one, the team will have to handle more. Goalkeeper David Ospina is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, and it’s a real shame because he was absolutely fantastic in the second leg except for an early blunder. Alex Meret, 23, is expected to start. And don’t overlook the emotional aspect of this game for Napoli in facing former manager Maurizio Sarri.
Juventus vs. Napoli prediction
Juve’s attacking firepower is too much in the end.
Pick: Juventus 3, Napoli 1