SSC Napoli vs. Atalanta Bergamo / Coppa Italia – Looking at the league Napoli is better for 20 points and it occupies the leading position, but Atalanta is solid ninth and can join the race for places that lead to Europe. It is success for this team that it reached the Cup quarter-finals, which was expected from Napoli. It is important to say that the two teams will play in the knockout phase of Europa League next spring. Napoli currently has four-game winning streak, while Atalanta lost in previous rounds. Napoli won their Serie A match played around end of August by 3-1. Begins: 02.01.2018 – 20:45 CET
Napoli is again in winning rhythm. It is four games long, including one won in the Cup where they defeated Udinese 1-0 at home in the round of 16. They won by the same result in previous league round when they met Crotone away. It was expected that Napoli win the match with less trouble, especially as they took the lead after Hamsik goal scored early, however, the result remained the same till the end of match.
The match was similar like one with Udinese but totally different to one against Sampdoria played two rounds ago which they won by 3-2. In that match everything interesting happened in the first halftime too, when all goals were scored, while Napoli’s forward Rui was sent off later on and he couldn’t play against Crotone. Maggio replaced him them, but now new changes are expected as this is Cup match.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Sepe – Maggio, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui – Zielinski, Jorginho, Rog – Mertens, Callejon, Giaccherini
Atalanta had eight-game unbeaten streak in all three competitions where it plays but nevertheless it was defeated in previous league round. It can be said that the defeat was unexpected as their opponent was Cagliari, team positioned in lower part of table, however, Atalanta underperformed in that match and it conceded two goals before end of first halftime. Only at the very end it scored a consolation goal and it could be said that Atalanta was never close to win at least one point.
The defeat was unexpected as two rounds ago they defeated Milan away 2-0. Scorer of the first goal from that match, Cristante, had ended on the bench in match with Cagliari and instead of him Ilicic played, who scored the second goal in Milan after he came off the bench. Since this is Cup match new changes in the team are inevitable, just like it was the case in round of 16 match with Sassuolo. Kurtic earned red card then and he cannot play now, while Palomino is injured.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Gollini – Bastoni, Mancini, R. Toloi – Gosens, Haas, de Roon, Castagne – Cornelius, Orsolini, Petagna
SSC Napoli – Atalanta Bergamo PICK
Napoli is closer to win the match, especially as it will be played in Naples but Atalanta is not under pressure and it can cause problems to the home team, so altogether this could be an efficient match.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.61 at bet365 (down to 1.56 can be played)