Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
David faces Goliath at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the Italian Cup last 16. Inter are considered hot favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Benevento, but coach Luciano Spalletti must warn his men against the complacency. The Nerazzurri are playing on three fronts in the 2018/2019 season, meaning that coach Spalletti is likely to mix the squad against the Serie B side. Benevento booked their place in the Italian Cup last 16 by beating the likes of Imolese, Udinese and Cittadella, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s clash at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. It is well known that Inter are a real force to be reckoned with at home and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe that home win should be considered. In previous two meetings between the two teams the Nerazzurri emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Ranocchia):
Andrea Ranocchia is an Italian football player born on the 16th of February 1988 in Assisi. Ranocchia started his football career playing in the youth of Perugia and Arezzo. After making his debut for the first team in 2006/2007 Ranocchia played for Genoa and Bari before Inter Milan showed their interest and transferred him to Milan as a part of a trade for Destro.
Ranocchia plays for the Italian national team as well where he made his debut in November 2010. Unfortunately Ranocchia was not selected for the national team to play in the World Cup in 2014.
With a length of 195cm Ranocchia is a tall strong central defender. Ranocchia is known for his tactical defensive vision. Despite his age Ranocchia played for a lot of difference football clubs, which made him, mature in his playing style. Ranocchia was part of the Bari squad that won the Serie B in 2008/2009. On the highest Italian level Ranocchia won the Coppa Italia in 2010/2011 with Inter Milan.
Highlighted Team (Benevento):
FC Benevento secured promotion to the Serie A for the first time in their history at the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, but it has to be noted that they finished the regular season in 5th place in the standings. The Stregoni (Witches) did well to beat Perugia and Carpi in the promotion play-offs and, as a result, they are going to taste a top-flight football.
Benevento were founded in 1929 as Associazione Calcio Benevento and back then they played their home games at Meomartini, the venue which was built by Ciccio Minocchia. Nowadays, the Stregoni welcome their rivals at Stadio Giro Vigorito and the capacity of the stadium is 12.847. Benevento are well known for their yellow jerseys with red stripes, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.
After Napoli, Salernitana and Avellino Benevento become the fourth club from Campania to compete in the Serie A. Matches between the aforementioned teams are well known as Campania derbies.