Juventus host Napoli in the second instalment of Serie A matches. The blockbuster tie pits last term’s champions against the runners-up and is the standout fixture of the gameweek. Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri missed his side’s opening day triumph against Parma through illness, but is hoping to return to the bench against his hometown club.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 31 August, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Napoli: Premier Sports 1
Last time: There were nine cautions, two dismissals and three goals when the rivals met in March as Alex Meret and Miralem Pjanic saw red. Emre Can got the decisive effort in a tempestuous matchup.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Over 4.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||19/5||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Juventus v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Scudetto holders Juventus got their campaign off to a good start, securing three points in Emilia-Romagna. Giorgio Chiellini was the match winner, though Cristiano Ronaldo was a constant threat from the first whistle and looked particularly sharp.
The ex-Real Madrid icon was surprisingly joined in attack by Gonzalo Higuain, who has been the subject of strong interest from Roma all summer.
The Argentine reportedly heads a lengthy for sale list which includes fellow forwards Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala as Juventus try to trim their bulging wage bill.
The South American proved an able foil for Ronaldo and while he remains with the Turin based outfit, could be given another opportunity against the club he performed so well for. Higuain is 13/2 to open proceedings while the Portugal captain is 15/2 to score a brace. Juventus are 10/11 to secure victory and dent their opponents’ ambitions early on.
Visitors Napoli played out a seven-goal thriller on Matchday 1. The Partenopei toppled Fiorentina 4-3 with Lorenzo Insigne playing a starring role. The Neapolitan bagged two and assisted Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon and Carlo Ancelotti will be buoyed by his star trio’s form.
The Italian is likely to keep faith with the same eleven that delivered in Tuscany with record recruit Hirving Lozano settling for a place on the bench. The Mexican shot to world prominence at the 2018 World Cup and is a real livewire from the right wing. Lozano is 14/1 to register last while the Azzurri are 3/1 to chalk up a success and 5/2 to get a draw.
One to watch for Juventus: Adrien Rabiot impressed in pre-season and will almost certainly become a regular once he reaches full fitness. The Frenchman is 4/1 in the anytime scorer market.
One to watch for Napoli: Fabián Ruiz led Spain to glory in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the summer and is a special talent. The midfielder is 7/2 to hit the back of the net anytime.
Long shot: Napoli have finished second in three of the last four campaigns and while Inter have been backed to push Juventus in the race for domestic glory, the Azzurri too will be there or thereabouts in May. The 1989-90 Serie A champions have won two of the last five meetings with the Bianconeri but a stalemate would not be a bad outcome for either and a 2-2 outcome can be found at 16/1.