Rudi Garcia’s men remain on course to become the most successful side in the history of the competition after knocking out Juventus in the previous round, and are 17/20 (1.85) favourites with Paddy Power to put one foot in the final with victory tonight.
I Partenopei missed out on a chance to gain ground on their opponents in the league with a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Atalanta on Sunday but are 3/1 (4.00) outsiders to put them under pressure in the cup with an away win this evening.
The hosts have drawn just two of their 13 games on turf this campaign, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the sides cancelling each other out in this one.
After starting 2014 with a demoralising 3-0 defeat against runaway leaders Juventus that seemed to put an end to their title bid, i Giallorossi have been spurred into life with five consecutive victories.
With 10 goals scored and just one conceded in that period, Garcia’s side clearly mean business, and now look in great shape to finally take their Coppa Italia trophy haul into double figures six years and two runners-up medals since their ninth cup triumph.
This spells bad news for Rafa Benitez’s team, who have dropped off the pace over the past few weeks by taking just two points from the last possible nine in Serie A, albeit claiming two cup wins in that time.
However, both of those victories came in their fortress of a home stadium, so it should be a different story when they visit a ground where they lost 2-0 in the league earlier on in the season, having won just four and lost three of their nine away games since.
With 11 home wins to their name in 13 games this season and just two goals conceded, Roma offer excellent value at 17/20 (1.85) to claim a precious first-leg victory that would take them one step closer to their long-awaited 10th title.
|Roma to win for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Paddy Power
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