Napoli take on Atalanta in the second leg of Coppa Italia semi-finals. In the previous match, played in Naples, the teams drew 0-0.
Gli Azzurri are hopeful of their chances of retaining the trophy that they won last year. Their mission will not be an easy one. Atalanta proved the more capable side in their first leg encounter. Furthermore, Napoli’s form of late has lead many to contest manager Gennaro Gattuso.
Meanwhile, Atalanta, one of Italy’s most surprising teams in recent years, are hopeful of winning silverware as a means to cap a remarkable era under the management of Gian Piero Gasperini.
The victorious team is set to meet Juventus Turin in the final of the competition. The The Bianconeri managed to defeat Inter Milan, with a 2-1 aggregate score, in the other semi-final.
Injuries and suspensions
Gattuso will continue to be forced to improvise his tactical plans due to the numerous injuries within his squad. Dries Mertens has returned from medical treatment but is unlikely to start the match.
Kostas Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly are unavailable for the amtch thrugh injuries. Victor Osimhen, fully fit, but with little match fitness, will most likely re-enter in the starting line-up
Atalanta will, most likely, be missing some important players as well. Defender Cristian Romero is suspended. Meanwhile, it’s touch and go for Hans Hateboor and Joakim Maehle who are dealing with injury concerns.
In spite of the injury concerns of both managers, tonight’s game will provide football fans with the opportunity of witnessing two of the finest teams in Italy at the moment.
Our predicted lineups for the Atalanta vs. Napoli clash in the semi-finals second leg of Coppa Italia are the following:
Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Gosens; Ilicic, Pessina; Zapata
Napoli (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Maksimovic, Hysaj; Bakayoko, Demme; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen