Juventus will try to make it through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals when they face off against SPAL on Wednesday in the last eight rounds.

A spot in the 2020/21 Coppa Italia semi-finals will be on the line this midweek when the reigning Serie A champions face off against second-division side SPAL at the Allianz Stadium.

 Andrea Pirlo, Juventus boss, didn't have the easiest beginning to lead a life. But he will also try to do so at Coppa Italia, after leading the team last week to the Supercoppa Italiana triumph. The Bianconeri did a hard job during the previous round but after the extra time they defeated Genoa 3-2 and went into the game after winning 2-0 against Bologna.

Since the second round in Coppa Italia, SPAL had defeated Crotone and Bari for penalties before defeating Monza 2-0 in the fourth round. Pasquale's men were a little lucky to have taken Sassuolo out of the 16th round and came into the 1-1 draw on Wednesday's game In the season, Cremonese makes it 4 games in every contest unbeatable.

The Hard Tackle looks deeper at both teams in anticipation of what will be a real David vs. Goliath meeting at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night.



Juventus: For Covid, Alex Sandro has tested negative and will soon join the team. It wouldn't come as a big surprise to see Andrea Pirlo opt against SPAL for a host of his first-team regulars with a cramped fixture schedule ahead of Juventus. In the last round against Genoa, the Bianconeri manager played a much-changed side and that should be the case again come Wednesday.

The first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should be replaced by veteran star Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks against the Serie B team, while defensive stalwarts Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are also likely to rest. The three-man defence should instead be formed by Merih Demiral, Radu Dragusin and the fit-again Matthijs de Ligt.

In the previous round against Genoa, Brazilian youngster Wesley, who made his first-team debut against Genoa, should get another go at the right wing-back, while Gianluca Frabotta should get the left nod. The pair will have the permission for the attackers to step ahead and build openings. In the central midfield, Adrien Rabiot should come into the line, with Rodrigo Bentancur likely to partner him.

Hamza Rafia, who scored the extra-time winning goal against Genoa, is an injury doubt. As one of the two attacking midfielders, Manolo Portanova should therefore arrive, with the youngster likely to be paired up in the final third with Dejan Kulusevski.

The pair will be charged with supplying the lonely striker Alvaro Morata with offensive assistance, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to rest.

Lineup possibly (3-4-2-1): Buffon; Dragusin, de Ligt, Demiral; Wesley, Rabiot, Bentancur, Frabotta; Kulusevski, Portanova; Morata

Spal: For SPAL, on-loan striker Marco Tumminello is out injured. Pasquale Marino does not have any pressing roster problems aside from this boss, and he will field a good starting XI as he looks to lead his team to a big upset. On Wednesday, SPAL could line up in a 3-5-2 formation in front of seasoned goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.

With Lorenzo Dickmann and Marco Sala being the two wing-backs on the right and left side respectively, Nenad Tomovic, Francesco Vicari and Luca Ranieri should form the three-man backline screening the goalkeeper. Both players should aim to remain deep and compact, forming a five-man defensive shield to deny the Juventus forward any room.

As the deepest of the three central midfielders, Salvatore Esposito will sit and look to sweep up everything that comes his way. Thirty-four-year-old Simone Missiroli will assist him, while Mattia Valoti will take the third position in the center and attempt to press forward during the attacking phases.

For the visitors, seasoned strikers Sergio Floccari and Alberto Paloschi should pair up at the end. Given that for most of the game they will most likely feed on scraps, they need to be at their clinical best to take every chance that will come their way.

Lineup possibly (3-5-2): Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Ranieri; Dickmann, Valoti, Esposito, Missiroli, Sala; Paloschi, Floccari


Predicting Juventus 2-1 SPAL 
SPAL will fancy their chances of pulling off something special at the Allianz Stadium with Andrea Pirlo set to ring in the alterations, having already removed two Serie A teams from the competition. However, even without a number of their regulars, this Juventus squad possesses great consistency.

In addition, should things go wrong, the manager can still call upon his heavy-hitters from the bench. The Hard Tackle is backing the Bianconeri to bag another win and book their place in the semi-finals, given that and their record against SPAL.

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