Verdict: Juventus win
Best Odds: 2/5
Smelling a golden opportunity to punch their Coppa Italia semi-final ticket, Juventus will welcome Frosinone to Turin on Thursday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Juventus might have been dealing with a string of public issues behind the scenes in Turin last season, the Italian icons have come roaring back in a remarkable fashion. Continuing to receive a host of plaudits this season, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are suddenly dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine title charge in 2024. With the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, Juventus have lost just one of their first 20 appearances across all competitions this season. Breezing their way to Thursday’s quarter-final thanks to a 6-1 victory against Salernitana last week, Allegri’s men have also gained a real reputation for their clinical performances on home soil. Not suffering a single domestic defeat in front of their own supporters since way back in May of last year, the Old Lady are rightfully tipped as a standout contender here.
Juventus will once again be unable to call upon the likes of Alex Sandro, Andrea Cambiaso and Nicolo Fagioli on Thursday night. However, while Italy international Manuel Locatelli might have served a one-match ban last weekend, the 26-year-old should make a full return here.
Coming off the bench and bagging a maiden Serie A strike against Salernitana last week, one-time Chelsea starlet Samuel Lling Junior could be handed a start in Turin. Ex-Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin looks set to replace Wojciech Szczęsny between the sticks.
As for the visitors, while Frosinone might have made a famous Coppa Italia statement last month as they secured a 4-0 romp against Napoli, the Canaries have come crashing back down to earth in a worrying fashion. With many in Eusebio Di Francesco’s camp still looking over their shoulder at a potential relegation scrap, the Lazio-based outfit have lost all of their previous four Serie A appearances. Likewise, along with collecting just a single point from any of their last six top-flight outings, Frosinone have shown some glaring defensive issues. Last seen putting in another downbeat display as they slumped to an action-packed 3-2 defeat at the hands of Monza, Francesco’s side have shipped 10 goals on their four-match Serie A losing run. Hit with a 2-1 loss when they welcomed Juventus to the Stadio Benito Stirpe back on December 23rd, Frosinone will be bracing themselves for a heavyweight challenge here.
All still dealing with respective injury issues, Frosinone will travel to Turin without the quartet of Jaime Baez Stabile, Sergio Kalaj, Riccardo Marchizza and Anthony Oyono. Likewise, shown a straight red card despite being an unused substitute against Monza last weekend, veteran goalkeeper Pierluigi Frattali will miss out through suspension.
Although 25-year-old Walid Cheddira might have notched just a single Serie A strike since arriving from Bari last summer, the Morocco international should spearhead Francesco’s attack.
Key Factors to Consider
- When Juventus and Frosinone last met on December 23rd, the Old Lady picked up a 2-1 victory in Lazio.
- Likewise, Juve have lost just one of their last 20 straight domestic appearances across all competitions so far this season.
- Frosinone have lost all of their previous four Serie A appearances.
- Thursday’s guests have also lost seven of their last nine appearances away from the Stadio Benito Stirpe.
- When Juventus last welcomed Frosinone to Turin back in February 2019, the former Italian champions secured a routine 3-0 romp.
Enjoying what has been a remarkable domestic romp this season and firing on all cylinders, Juventus should be smelling a golden opportunity here. Rightfully tipped as a landslide contender to punch a Coppa Italia semi-final ticket, the Old Lady will be looking to cash in on a Frosinone squad who are at the heart of a major Serie A struggle. Watching Juve clinch a 2-1 win when they last met Thursday’s guests on December 23rd, we are expecting a similar home victory for Allegri’s high-flying squad.
Verdict: Juventus win
Best Odds: 2/5
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