Coppa Italia winner Trevor Francis previews this week's Roma-Napoli clash
Coppa Italia winner Trevor Francis previews Sky Sports' live semi-final clash between Roma and Napoli.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 1:57pm
Udinese edged Fiorentina in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday but Wednesday's tie between Roma and Napoli looks an absolute belter, too.
So read on to see what Trevor expects to transpire at the Stadio Olimpico...
TREVOR SAYS: This is the pick of the semi-finals with Roma in second and Napoli third in Serie A.
Roma, having got to the final last year and lost to their arch rivals Lazio 1-0, will be desperate to put the record straight this year by winning it. Plus, with the final being in Rome as well, there is every incentive for them to do it.
They are still in with a chance of winning the league, but realistically I cannot see them hauling back Juventus, who for me are the strongest team in Italy.
To finish second in the championship and win the Coppa Italia would be a very good achievement considering they were not even in the position to qualify for the Europa League last year.
Napoli, meanwhile, are having another consistent season. Under Walter Mazzarri last season they finished second and under Rafael Benitez they are doing very well.
It is a tall order to repeat what they did last year but I thought they were desperately unfortunate in the Champions League to have been eliminated behind Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund on goal difference after winning 12 points.
Napoli did good business over the summer, investing cleverly the money from the sale of Edinson Cavani. It was a big loss but they have overcome it with the acquisitions of Gonzalo Higuaín, José Callejón and Raúl Albiol.
Albiol is a Spain international defender but the other two guys have both done very well going forward for Napoli. Higuain is their top goalscorer while Callejón is second top scorer. They are key to the Napoli team.
It will be very important for Roma to get a good result at home because Napoli have a great home record. Last season they had the best record at home, despite Juventus winning the league, and this year they have just lost the one game.
Add to that that they overcame Dortmund, Arsenal and Marseille with three wins at home. They are pretty formidable at Stadio San Paolo so Roma will feel they have to take some kind of advantage into next week's game in Naples.
I think Roma will win on Wednesday night and I think they will progress to the final. Even though they had to play Juventus in the quarter-final they have always been my tip to win it so I will stay with them.