Serie A PREVIEW | Juventus v Napoli

Juventus will aim to provisionally move to the top of the Serie A table when they meet an out-of-sorts Napoli tomorrow night.

A 1-1 draw with Inter two matchdays ago brought Juventus back in contention for the Scudetto as they are now only two points off the league leaders. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have come a long way since last season’s underwhelming showings as they have gone clear in the second spot by four points from third-placed Milan.

The Bianconeri have mustered an unbeaten run of nine games coming ahead of hosting Napoli and most of their victories ended 1-0 as they specialise in grinding out the three points. Their previous Serie A match was a spectacle as Monza’s Valentin Carboni equalised the score in the 90+1st minute. The visitors held onto their composure and Federico Gatti’s 90+4th minute strike sealed the win for the Old Lady.

Meanwhile, Napoli head into this match on the back of two consecutive defeats across all competitions. Despite taking the lead through Giovani Simeone early in their fifth Champions League outing this campaign, Real Madrid overturned the deficit as Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham netted once each in the first half. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa equalised just after the break but Nico Paz and Joselu were clinical enough to take the hosts over the finishing line. 

The Partenopei will aim to shrug off the blues they accumulated from their last match when the Nerazzurri thumped in three goals to continue their title charge. Quite underwhelmingly, the Neapolitans have only managed to win two of their previous seven games across all competitions. 

Giacomo Raspadori’s added time strike helped Napoli consolidate their Scudetto-winning campaign last season in this same fixture. However, the form has turned and Juventus might be able to gain their revenge.

Results from their last five matches across all competitions

Juventus:

W D W W W

Napoli:

L L W L D 

Team News

Juventus only have two absentees in the likes of Mattia De Sciglio and Timothy Weah.

Danilo has returned from injury. Daniele Rugani might get the nod over Alex Sandro in the back-three.

Hans Nicolussi Caviglia will look to make his third straight start of the season over Manuel Locatelli and Fabio Miretti.

Napoli have a problem to sort out in the left-back region as Mathias Olivera and Mario Rui are out with injuries. 

Captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo picked up an injury in training this week.

Predicted XIs

Juventus (3-5-2): Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Rugani; Cambiaso, McKennie, Nicolussi Caviglia, Rabiot, Kostic; Chiesa, Vlahovic

Napoli (3-4-3): Meret; Rrahmani, Ostigard, Natan; Politano, Zambo Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Raspadori, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

 

Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN

 

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