Fiorentina and Napoli will travel to Rome on Saturday to play in the final of the 2014 Coppa Italia, with Italy's most famous cup trophy and the right to next year's Coccarda on the line.
Both clubs are very much on the rise in Serie A and have already qualified for European football next year, and Saturday's final will be a celebration of Serie A history, with Fiorentina getting a chance to hoist the trophy for the first time since 2001 while Napoli continue their return to the glory days of Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara.
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast by Sky Sports 1 in the United Kingdom and beIN Sports in the United States, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app and the beIN Sports mobile app.
Napoli and Fiorentina will resume a historical rivalry on Saturday, and with the race for the final Italian Champions League ticket all but decided in favour of the Partenopei, both clubs will mark Saturday's final as the highlight of their calendar.
Who will win Saturday's final of the Coppa Italia?
La Viola chase Napoli by eight points with three league matches left to be played, but the 2013-14 season has been a massive success for Fiorentina nonetheless.
Already guaranteed to finish ahead of Milan and Lazio, and in good shape to fend off Inter's assault on the fourth spot in the standings, the Viola were able to overcome injuries to Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez in the middle part of the season, in large part thanks to the ascension of Juan Cuadrado.
The Colombian winger has quickly become one of the most wanted players in world football, and according to Catalan newspaper Sport and shared by Barcastuff, Barcelona are the latest global heavyweight expressing interest in signing Cuadrado.
Barcelona and Fiorentina have started talking on Colombian right wing player Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. The Italian club ask 30M. [sport]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) April 30, 2014
Napoli are one of Italy's best teams on the attack, but the defensive pairings in the centre have been vulnerable at times.
Fiorentina could take advantage of those weaknesses, but midfielder Borja Valero told reporters he was doubtful whether the Viola's top strikers would be available for this match, according to football-italia.net:
Rossi and Gomez would be another string to our bow. But we still don’t know whether they will play. It’s difficult.
I think we will just have to do our best with whoever is available. We have shown that we can do well even without them.
The strength of this team is the group, even though we have great players who can make the difference.
Without Rossi and Gomez, the team's offensive output will have to come from the wings, with Cuadrado and Joaquin leading the way.
Napoli have no such concerns up front, as the Partenopei have one of the most talented front lines in all of football. The trio of Gonzalo Higuain, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon will strike fear in the hearts of even the most rugged defence, and we haven't even mentioned super-sub Dries Mertens yet.
But by cutting access to that front line, Fiorentina could quickly take control in this match. The midfield trio of Valon Behrami, Marek Hamsik and Gokhan Inler has the potential to dominate any team they face but can get overwhelmed by triangles of a similar caliber.
Valero, David Pizarro and Alberto Aquilani are such a triangle, and their control of possession will be vital in containing Hamsik, as the talented midfielder often acts as the sole point of contact between Napoli's defence and their front line.
With little left to play for in the league, expect these teams to put up fireworks in what looks to be their last big match of the season. Drama always seems to unfold in the shadow of the Coliseum, and Saturday should be no different.