First meets second as Juventus welcome closest rivals Napoli in the pick of the weekend Serie A fixtures. The champions have predictably started the campaign in fine form, racking up maximum points from their first six games, while the visiting Azzurri trail by three points after some eventful opening performances.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 29 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Napoli: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: Giant Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly stunned the Bianconeri faithful with a formidable last minute winner to hand the Partenopei all three points back in April.
Juventus v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Juventus ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in their previous clash against Bologna after goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi. The Argentine playmaker has struggled for game time but took his opportunity with a stunning effort in the first-half. Such is the quality at Max Allegri’s disposal, the tactician was able to rest skipper Giorgio Chiellini, Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Sandro and Mario Mandzukic and it is entirely possible the Bianconeri go unbeaten all year.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo lives for the big occasion and is the obvious bet to open the scoring at 13/5 when he comes up against former coach Carlo Ancelotti. Ronaldo has three goals to his name from six league appearances and can also be found at 7/2 to net two or more on the night. Juventus are 7/10 to make it seven from seven while both teams to score is 10/11.
|Arkadiusz Milik to score anytime||13/5||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||23/10||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Travelling party Napoli had a tumultuous summer despite Ancelotti’s arrival. The belief was the hugely respected Italian would be given ample funds to seriously mount a title challenge to Juventus, but Ancelotti wasn’t sufficiently backed by patron Aurelio De Laurentiis and Napoli were subsequently written off as genuine contenders. Ancelotti and his men have so far responded with five victories and the former Milan manager deserves immense credit for getting the best out of what he’s got and keeping every squad member happy.
Ancelotti differs from predecessor Maurizio Sarri who notoriously used the same 14 players week in, week out and his rotation policy is getting positive results. Hometown hero and top scorer Lorenzo Insigne is 10/1 to strike first and Napoli are 15/4 to potentially go top.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi at 11/4 in the anytime market. The talented left footer has gone from bit part player to one of the Bianconeri’s key men and can expect to take his place in an attacking trio alongside Ronaldo and Mandzukic.
One to watch for Napoli: Simone Verdi got his first goal for the club in the success at Torino and is an attractive 10/1 to score the final effort of the showdown.
Long shot: This mouthwatering duel between Italy’s two best performing clubs over the last three years is unlikely to disappoint. Napoli know they can win away in Turin while Juventus quite simply have the personnel to beat any side in Europe. An entertaining 3-2 home win is 28/1.