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Can Frosinone pull a surpirse against Juventus in tonight's Coppa Italia knock out round?
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In Thursday's Coppa Italia quarterfinal, Juventus will play Frosinone at the Allianz Stadium. Which team will book their ticket into the semifinals?

While Juventus is aiming for a domestic double, Frosinone, led by several Juve young guns, has made a strong comeback to Italy's top flight, defeating Napoli in the last 16 of the Coppa Italia. Juventus, most recently cup winners in 2022 when they defeated Atalanta BC for a record-extending 14th success, are ultimately looking to win the Coppa Italia for the 15th time in May's final at Stadio Olimpico. After losing in a Derby d'Italia semi-final to Inter Milan last season, during a generally disappointing season both on and off the pitch, Juventus is now pushing Inter for first place in Serie A and remains on track for additional cup success. Seeing off Frosinone tonight would set up a semi-final versus either Lazio and after grinding their way to 14 league games without defeat, Max Allegri's men may be difficult to stop.

Juventus is only two points behind first-place Inter in the Serie A rankings, and they have conceded no more than once in each of their previous 15 home matches, allowing only eight goals. Juventus completed a swift double against Salernitana last week, defeating the Salerno club 6-1 in the cup before finishing the first half of the season with a nail-biting 2-1 league win at Stadio Arechi. After Salernitana took the lead for the second game in three days, English winger Samuel Iling-Junior equalized in the 65th minute, and Dusan Vlahovic was Juve's last-gasp hero, scoring in stoppage time to overcome a one-goal deficit against 10-man opponents. Frosinone's most recent match with Juventus was less than a month ago, right after they shocked Scudetto champions Napoli 4-0 at Stadio Maradona to advance to the Coppa Italia quarterfinals. They lost 2-1 that day, with Vlahovic scoring another late winner at Stadio Stirpe, and Eusebio Di Francesco's team has since lost two more Serie A games either side of the New Year's celebrations.

Although they are presently 15th and creeping closer to the drop zone, last season's second-tier champions have spent the majority of their latest comeback campaign in mid-table, with a string of home victories thanks in part to the contributions of Juve loanees. Argentinian forward Matias Soule has captured the interest of big clubs around Europe by consistently finding the net, while 22-year-old midfielder Enzo Barrenechea has started regularly and scored the opening goal in Frosinone's dramatic cup victory over Napoli. That night in Naples marked Frosinone's first participation in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, and they had to work hard to get there: while Juve breezed through the last-16 stage, Di Francesco's inexperienced squad edged past Pisa and then Torino in the previous rounds. Following back-to-back defeats against Lazio and Monza, Frosinone faces an even stiffer test in Turin, especially given the club's failure to win a single Serie A away game this season. 

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