Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
A spot in the Coppa Italia semis will be at stake when Napoli and Spezia go head to head at Stadio Diego Maradona on Thursday evening. The Neapolitans are eager to get their revenge on the Bianconeri for the Serie A defeat in Naples, and we are positive that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field. The likes of Mertens, Osimhen, and Politano are all pushing for a start, while Fabian Ruiz remains quarantined following his positive test for coronavirus.
Spezia, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-3 Serie A loss to Roma. Napoli have slim chances of winning Scudetto, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to go all the way in the Italian Cup this season. Vignali returns from a domestic ban, while Capradossi, Ferrer, Mattiello, Nzola, Zoet, and Piccoli are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Spezia):
Spezia is a professional Italian club based in Spezia, Liguria. The Bianconeri secured promotion to the Serie A in the 2019/20 season, with the team beating Frosinone in the Serie B playoffs final. Spezia are well known for their black and white home jerseys, and black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The club’s home ground Stadio Alberto Picco has the capacity of 10,336 people. The venue was opened back in 1919, with architect Gregotti being in charge of the project. In 2002 the club chiefs decided to reach an agreement with Inter which saw Spezia become Inter’s feeder club.
As a result, the likes of Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov, and Alex Cordaz joined the Bianconeri in the first season. Spezia then suffered a bankruptcy, but in 2008 they were re-founded. In the 2020/21 season the Bianconeri will compete in the Italian elite division for the first time ever.