Coppa Italia Quarterfinals Clashes Loom Large: Ronaldo, Roma, & San Siro

The quarterfinal round of the Coppa Italia begins this week. Here’s what to expect from this round of matchups, and when you can tune in to watch live, right here on FloFC. 

A.C. Milan vs. Napoli (Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2:45 p.m. ET)

  • Napoli are undefeated in nine of their last matches versus A.C. Milan in all competitions.

  • Milan have failed to win in their last five outings in the Coppa Italia (during normal time).

  • Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been unable to score in their last four outings at San Siro versus both Milan and Inter, but the Rossoneri are also goalless in their last five Coppa Italia fixtures (normal time only).

This fixture may look familiar, and that is because it is. These two sides faced each other in the league last Saturday, with the domestic encounter finishing 0-0. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was sent off in that match, but will undoubtedly ring the changes before this repeat fixture gets underway in an attempt to put Milan to the sword this time around. 

The experienced boss—who has an esteemed reputation as a cup specialist—will be forced to watch this encounter from the stands, but his Partenopei side could have too much for Gennaro Gattuso’s men here.

Fiorentina vs. A.S. Roma (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12:15 p.m. ET)

  • These two sides have conceded 11 goals in their past two Serie A matches. 

  • In November 2018, Roma battled to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but this was the only draw between the pair in the last six encounters.

  • There have been two goals or less scored in five of both Fiorentina and Roma’s last six Coppa Italia fixtures, but current form suggests this is an unlikely outcome this time around.

Wednesday’s earlier Coppa Italia fixture could see a truly thrilling encounter between two sides who score and concede goals in equal measure. Following a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Sampdoria in week 20 of Serie A, Fiorentina showed their erratic side once again last weekend as they just about did enough to beat bottom-of-the-table Chievo Verona with a 4-3 win. 

Meanwhile, after coming out with a 3-2 victory at home to Torino, Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma would let a 3-0 away lead to Atalanta slip to a 3-3 draw. Expect the unexpected in this forthcoming quarterfinal clash, as it is certainly one that could end up with a high score from both sides.

Atalanta vs. Juventus (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2:45 p.m. ET)

  • Juventus are undefeated in their last 26 matches against Atalanta in all competitions.

  • Atalanta are one of only two sides to take points off Juve in Serie A this term.

  • The Bianconeri have scored in every game they’ve played this season.

Among this weekend’s remarkable series of results, Atalanta’s stirring comeback against A.S. Roma has to rank among the best. Trailing 3-0 just before half time, the Bergamo-based side fought back to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw—in which they even missed a penalty—with one of Serie A’s best teams. 

Juve of course had their own battle in the Italian capital, going behind against Lazio before emerging 2-1 winners, and those two games showed that this Coppa Italia tie could be hugely entertaining. 

The teams met in the same stadium as recently as December, a 2-2 draw showing that Atalanta have every chance of gaining a positive result and there is no doubt this will be a fun match to watch.

Inter vs. Lazio (Thursday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Lazio are undefeated in their last five Coppa Italia matches

  • Inter have not lost to the Biancocelesti since January 2017.

Last season ended with these two teams going head-to-head for a Champions League berth, Inter eventually emerging with a 3-2 victory to take a spot in UEFA’s elite competition, and they followed that up with a 3-0 Serie A triumph over the same opponent back in October.

Since then however, the Nerazzurri have begun to stumble, winning just five of their last 14 games in all competitions. That run has seen them crash out of the Champions League and loosen their grip on third place in Serie A, opening the door for a resurgent Lazio side to take advantage here.

Simone Inzaghi’s men were unfortunate to lose to Juve last weekend, and they will take heart in knowing they have earned two wins and two draws in their last five games with Inter at San Siro.

Adam Digby is an Italian football writer for FourFourTwo, The Independent, and elsewhere. Author of "Juventus: A History In Black & White." Follow Adam on Twitter.

Chloe Beresford specializes in Serie A for a number of outlets and can be found on Twitter and on Facebook via her page CalcioByChloe.

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