Napoli and Perugia meet at the Stadio San Paolo, in a match for the Coppa Italia (eighth finals). There is no recent record of direct confrontation between the two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met, on 15‑04‑2006, the match ended with the final score: Napoli (2‑0) Perugia. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, since Perugia presents significant differences between home and away performances.
The home team plays their first match in this edition of Coppa Italia with the intention of taking advantage of the home factor to achieve a positive result. This is a team that maintains performance when playing away from their stadium, as in the last 30 matches they have recorded 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. They come to this match after a away loss against Lazio by (1‑0). Napoli have won 3, tied 3 and lost 4 of the last 10 home matches. Defensive consistency hasn't been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 24 of their last 28 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 7 times and have only turned the score around in 1.
Napoli comes unmotivated for this match after a 1-0 loss against Lazio, adding to their second consecutive defeat, both by the Italian league. In this match for the Italian Cup, the coach Gennaro Gattuso should keep the team in 4-3-3, favoring a more dominant style of play, looking for the spaces on the sides. The lead player, Milik, is Napoli's top scorer with 10 goals. For this match the coach does not have Mertens, Koulibaly and Malcuit, all with physical problems.
Until reaching this stage of the Coppa Italia (Round of 16), the
away team eliminated: Sassuolo, Brescia and Triestina. This is a home
team that is going to be strong when they play with the support of their
fans, since they have a record of 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses in the
last 30 matches, with 15 goals scored and 22 conceded. Already at home,
they have won 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses, with 25 goals scored and 14
conceded. They come to this match after a home loss against Venezia by
(0‑1). In the last 10 away matches in all competitions, Perugia has won
2, tied 3 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best
feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but
their offense has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 7 of the
last 10 matches. In 13 matches, they have never been able to turn the
score around in the 8 matches for which they conceded the first goal.
Perugia comes for this match after a defeat by 0-1 against Venezia, adding the second consecutive match without winning in the Italian second division. To reach this stage of the Italian Cup, the visitors beat Triestina, Brescia and Sassuolo. In this match against Napoli, we will be able to see a team aligned in 4-3-3, with Dragomir, Buonaluto and Iemmello the most advanced pieces. The last athlete mentioned is the best scorer of this team in official games with 15 goals. Out of this match for injury is Gianluca Di Chiara.