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Coppa Italia preview: Top plays bottom in Naples

There are four more Coppa Italia quarter-final places up for grabs this week and there is a real David vs Goliath tie in Naples, as Serie A leaders Napoli host rock-bottom Cremonese.

After that clash on Tuesday at 20:00, the remaining three last-16 matches take place on Thursday evening, starting with the 14:00 contest between Atalanta and Spezia.

Bologna travel to Lazio at 17:00 before Juventus host Monza at 20:00 and all four of these ties can be followed on bet365's Sports Live Streaming platform.

Napoli difficult to oppose

WhatNapoli v Cremonese
WhereStadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples
When20:00, Tuesday 17th January
How to watchViaplay & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsNapoli 2/9, Draw 11/2, Cremonese 10/1

The small matter of 40 points and 19 places separate Napoli and Cremonese in Serie A this season, with Gli Azzurri sitting proudly in first place and La Cremo propping up the standings.

Luciano Spalletti's troops thumped Juventus 5-1 last time out to open up a nine-point lead at the summit, extending their winning streak on home turf across all competitions to an impressive 10 matches.

Cremonese have failed to pick up a single victory in the league this season - drawing seven and losing 11 - and their goals against record of 32 is the second worst in the division.

Davide Ballardini's side will need a monumental effort to overcome Napoli in the Coppa Italia and set up a quarter-final clash with Jose Mourinho's Roma.

Napoli picked up a 4-1 victory when these two met in October and a home win with over 3.5 goals in Result/Total Goals at 11/8 is worth considering.

Red-hot Atalanta primed to progress

WhatAtalanta v Spezia
Where14:00, Thursday 19th January
WhenGewiss Stadium, Bergamo
How to watchViaplay & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAtalanta 4/11, Draw 15/4, Spezia 7/1

Atalanta and Spezia do battle at the Gewiss Stadium for the right to take on Inter Milan, who edged past Parma 2-1 after extra-time in the quarter-finals.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side could hardly have prepared better for this encounter, as they found the back of the net no less than eight times in their 8-2 victory over Salernitana last time out.

Spezia are expected to put up a much sterner test and they head into the contest in solid form, having beaten Torino 1-0 to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.

Over 3.5 goals has landed in the last four meetings between Atalanta and Spezia and backing this same bet to come off again in Alternative Total Goals, on offer at 6/4, could be the way to go in this one.

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Home form to prove crucial

WhatLazio v Bologna
WhereStadio Olimpico, Rome
When17:00, Thursday 19th January
How to watchDAZN & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsLazio 8/11, Draw 5/2, Bologna 4/1

Lazio and Bologna do battle at the Stadio Olimpico for a place in the last eight and this one could go the way of the hosts, who have been a formidable force on home soil this season.

Maurizio Sarri's troops have lost just one of their last nine home assignments across all competitions - a shock 3-1 defeat to Salernitana - and they will be optimistic of getting the job done in their own backyard.

Bologna did win 2-1 at Udinese in their last away outing, but they have generally struggled on the road and that victory was just their second away triumph this season.

Siding with Lazio in Full Time Result at 8/11 looks like the way to go.

Stingy Juventus to return

WhatJuventus v Monza
WhereJuventus Stadium, Turin
When20:00, Thursday 19th January
How to watchDAZN & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsJuventus 9/20, Draw 16/5, Monza 11/2

Juventus will be hoping to put their 5-1 loss to Napoli quickly behind them and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia at the expense of Monza.

The Old Lady's eight-game Serie A winning streak was brought to a shuddering halt by the league leaders, and they will need to pick themselves up quickly against an opponent who are unbeaten in their last four assignments.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have been built on a strong defence this season, as they boast the best defensive record in Serie A (12 goals against) despite shipping five last time out, so To Win to Nil at 6/4 appeals for Juve.

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