Juventus have been in excellent form this seasonReuters

Serie A leaders Juventus play hosts Fiorentina in the first leg semi-final of the Coppa Italia on Thursday.

Despite the departure of their influential boss Antonio Conte, who helped them lift three back-to-back Serie A titles from 2011 to 2014, Juventus have been playing well under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.

They are nine points clear at the top of the league, in the last 16 of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

The Old Lady had a very good chance to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A to 12 points during their recent clash against AS Roma on 2 March.

Although Roma conceded a goal through Carlos Tevez's free-kick, right after they were reduced to 10 men, following Vasilis Torosidis' sending off in the 62nd minute, they defended well and managed to net a late equaliser through Seydou Keita in the 78th minute.

And Allegri, who expressed his disappointment after the draw, has demanded a sharper performance from his side in the Coppa Italia on Thursday.

"We need to improve, as sometimes we lose sharpness and focus," said the former AC Milan boss, according to Goal.

"We are still a long way off our objective and have conceded too many goals recently. We also have to improve in our control of the game when in front."

Meanwhile, Fiorentina will also be fancying their chances in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final as they are currently in excellent form, remaining unbeaten in their last 12 fixtures in all competitions.

The Viola, who were beaten by Napoli in the final of the Coppa Italia last season, have been excellent form in the competition this season, beating the likes of Atlanta and AS Roma in the round of 16 and quarter-final of the competition respectively.

Apart from the Italian Cup, Fiorentina have also been doing well in other competitions as they are currently fifth in the Serie A and in the round of 16 of the Europa League.

Although Viola have a lot of injury concerns, with the likes of Borja Valero, David Pizarro, Jose Basanta, Stefan Savic, Nenad Tomovic and Matias Fernandez all doubtful for this fixture, Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is confident that his side will be able to do well against the Serie A leaders.

"Matches with Juventus for me are always special, even before I arrived in Florence," said Montella, according to Goal. "When you meet the strongest team there are more incentives and motivations."

"We will still have a competitive team, but we will be forced into making some changes."

 Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for an 8:45pm GMT (1:15am IST, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten Sports and Ten HD in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action in the UK live on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD, with an option to live stream the match online on Sky GO. The US and Canada viewers can watch the game live on beIN Sports USA and beIN Sports Canada respectively, with an option to live stream on beIN Sports Connect.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can also watch the match via live streaming online on beIN Sports Connect

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