With a manager accustomed to picking up silverware and a superior selection of attacking talent, Al Hain-Cole expects the Partenopei to come out on top in Saturday's final
With an eight-point cushion separating themselves from their opponents in Serie A with just three games left to play, i Partenopei seem guaranteed to secure the third Champions League qualification place, and are 6/5 (2.20) favourites with bet365 to cap a successful season with some silverware.
However, La Viola picked up a 1-0 away win in the last meeting between the sides back in March and will fancy their chances of causing an upset at the Stadio Olimpico, at odds of 9/4 (3.25).
There has not been a draw in a Coppa Italia final since 2009, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on the teams taking it into extra-time this time out.
Having lifted the Europa League during last season’s tumultuous spell as interim manager of Chelsea, Benitez has now won a major trophy with each of his last four clubs, taking in Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan.
In contrast, opposite number Vincenzo Montella is yet to get his hands on any silverware in his short managerial career, and will be up against it to break that duck without suspended striker Juan Cuadrado, who has scored four goals in his last four.
With long-term absentees Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi both struggling to shrug off injuries in time for the final, Montella may find himself slightly short of attacking options as he looks for a way past the fourth tightest defence in Serie A.
Meanwhile, with Gonzalo Higuain expected to recover from the knock that saw him leave the field on a stretcher last weekend, Napoli’s extra cutting edge should prove decisive as they look to recapture a trophy they last lifted two seasons ago.
Considering his superior experience in big games and greater depth of talent at his disposal, those 6/5 (2.20) seem too good to pass up on Benitez overseeing another triumph on Saturday.
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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.