Allegri pining for away goal

Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says it is essential that his side find the back of the net in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final at Fiorentina (Match Betting – Fiorentina 17/10, Draw 11/5, Juventus 17/10).

The Old Lady are looking to secure back-to-back titles in the Italian Cup after defeating Atalanta in last year’s final and the competition could prove their salvation having slipped to fourth in Serie A.

The reward for beating Fiorentina over two legs will be facing either AC or Inter Milan in the final, with the Derby della Madonnina rivals sharing a goalless draw in the first leg.

Now, Allegri’s men are aiming to make a statement in the first leg in Tuscany as they seek to go back to the Allianz Stadium with a positive result.

Striker Dusan Vlahovic also makes a return to the Stadio Artemio Franchi following his big-money January move.

Speaking ahead of the game, Allegri says getting an away goal will be his key task in hand.

“It’s always good to play in Florence,” he said. “It’s a tie over two legs, so it’s important we score tomorrow because the away-goals rule still applies this season in the cup.

“Fiorentina play an intense style of football. I expect a high-tempo match.”

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Cup football is also on the agenda in Germany, Spain and France, with RB Leipzig away at second-tier Hannover (Match Betting – Hannover 13/2, Draw 4/1, Leipzig 2/5) in the DFB Pokal quarter-finals.

Valencia host Athletic Bilbao (Match Betting – Valencia 15/8, Draw 21/10, Athletic Bilbao 8/5) in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey semi with the game finely poised at 1-1 following the first leg.

And, in the Coupe de France, Nantes face Monaco (Match Betting – Nantes 12/5, Draw 2/1, Monaco 13/10) in the last four stage, with the winners set to face Nice in the final.

Finally, in La Liga, Real Sociedad will seek to climb into the top six with a victory at Mallorca (Match Betting – Mallorca 21/10, Draw 21/10, Real Sociedad 29/20).

The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking to end a two-match losing run and clamber away from relegation trouble.

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