Paddy Power’s top football trader Jason Murphy gives his best bets ahead of Friday’s Coppa Italia second leg between Juventus and AC Milan. (Fri, 8pm)
This is a massive game for Italian football to return with from the enforced break.
It’s two big names anyway, though, unfortunately, AC Milan are not the force they once were, but this would be a great time to put one over on Juventus.
Milan fans will tell you that they should be 2-0 up from the first leg. They had a man sent off with 20 minutes to go and then Juve got a late penalty after a Ronaldo overhead kick attempt hit a Milan defenders hand.
It was the sort of penalty kick that only Juventus would probably get and meant the game finished 1-1.
Juve are clear favourites here, but what I do think is in Milan’s favour is Maurizio Sarri’s pattern of play. It’s very specific and takes a while for players to, firstly, adjust to it and secondly, execute it.
So maybe with both these sides coming into this off a break a stop-start type of game is highly likely.
So with Juventus being a small bit rusty after lockdown, there may be value here in backing AC Milan to qualify or AC Milan to win on penalties – it’s worth knowing that if this game finishes 1-1 after 90 mins it will go straight to pens, there will be no extra-time.
But I think with it being the first game back after lockdown, Milan to qualify at around 14/5 is well worth a look.
Saturday night sees the second semi-final between Inter Milan and Napoli. Napoli lead Inter 1-0 on aggregate after the first leg. The final is actually next Wednesday, so it’s a quick turnaround.
Another tip I am going to put up is Inter Milan to win the Coppa Italia outright at around 9/2. That’s a big enough price for me.
Inter to qualify is well worth a look at the price.