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Juventus vs. Napoli: Edinson Cavani Will Destroy Juve's Defense in Coppa Italia

BOLOGNA, ITALY - MAY 06: Edinson Cavani of SSC Napoli shows appears frustrated during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on May 6, 2012 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IMay 20, 2012

Edinson Cavani and the attack of Napoli place constant pressure on the Juventus defense and ultimately crack the back line en route a Coppa Italia title in 2012.

When looking at the head-to-head numbers, there is no question that the Bianconeri should have the clear advantage in this match. In two games this season in the Serie A, Juventus and Napoli tied 3-3 in Napoli and Juve destroyed Napoli 3-0 at home.

Yet, as fans of the game know, any team can win on any given night. Momentum is the one key factor that feeds directly into this.

Napoli comes into this match with a strong Coppa showing. They have defeated Cesena, Inter and Siena on their way to the final match. Juve have gotten to the final with a significantly tough road as well. The Bianconeri topped Bologna, Roma and AC Milan to reach the 2012 final.

That said, though, Napoli comes into this match on a tear in Serie A play. Napoli finished 4-1-1 in its last five matches in league competition, and they are looking to bring their winning ways with them against an especially solid Juve team.

Their most recent match in the Coppa was the most telling, as a header from top-notch forward Edinson Cavani in the 32nd minute of the second leg sealed the deal against Siena. It was the consistent attacking threat that Cavani brought to the table that was the difference-maker in this contest.

Cavani is not only a major threat in his pressure up front, but also in his ability to put the ball in the net. Currently, he leads all scorers in the Coppa with four goals.

This season, the Uruguayan sensation led the team with 23 goals in 35 games. His 23 scores ranked third this season in league play, trailing Inter's Diego Milito (24) and AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28).

Although Juventus is the better team on paper, Cavani is undoubtedly heating up as of late. He has scored in four of the five contests, totaling four goals in those games. With the title on the line and what has to be an exhausted Juventus squad, expect the Napoli attack to be too much to handle for the Juve back line.

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