We’re in for a great game of football on Sunday evening, when Juventus take on Napoli in what could be a title decider. The Bianconeri go into the clash at the Juventus Stadium with a four-point lead over the Gli Azzurri, so it’s do-or-die time for the visitors.
Where and when: Juventus Stadium – 22 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Napoli: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the game against his former club when the teams met at the Stadio San Paolo in December.
Juventus v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Victory for Juventus would surely be enough to seal a seventh successive Serie A title. Napoli haven’t ruled over the rest of Italy since Diego Maradona led them to two triumphs in four years, with the last coming back in 1990.
There’s no denying the size of the task facing Maurizio Sarri’s side, but the Naples club could set themselves on the path to history by emerging victorious at the weekend. Win and they find themselves just a point behind the Old Lady. Lose and it’s curtains for another year, with a seven-point gap and only four left to play.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, and it’s thanks in no small part to Juve’s stumble against relegation-threatened Crotone on Wednesday. Max Allegri’s side responded well to their controversial Champions League exit by beating Sampdoria 3-0 the following weekend, but they need to be careful or the Serie A title could slip from their iron grasp.
Napoli meanwhile made no such mistakes in midweek against Udinese, despite going a goal down in the first half. Lorenzo Insigne equalised just minutes later, grabbing his 14th goal of the season in the process. The Italian forward will be a major threat to Juve’s famed defence, along with Dries Mertens, who was handed a bit of a rest in the week.
Mario Mandzukic has the ability to cause any back line problems, but he missed the Bianconeri’s draw on Wednesday with an illness and is a doubt for this one too. Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa will continue as a forward three if the Croatian forward is unable to play, so there are still plenty of goals coursing through the home team.
Mattia De Sciglio and Miralem Pjanic also miss out for Allegri’s side, while Faouzi Ghoulam is the only absentee for Napoli, who start as underdogs in the betting. The visitors are priced at 3/1, while Juve are available at 11/10. If you think the game will end in a draw, the odds on that are 12/5.
One to watch for Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain has 22 goals for Juve in his second season since joining the Old Lady from Napoli. He’s the 17/4 favourite to break the deadlock, and 21/1 to score the only goal of the game against his former employers for the second time this term.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens has thrived in a more prominent central role since Higuain left the Stadio San Paolo, and only has one fewer goal to his name than his former teammate this season. The Belgian is 6/1 to open the scoring, and 9/2 to bag in a Napoli victory.
Long shot: Higuain to score first and Juve to win 2-1 at 28/1. With so much riding on this game, the outcome is likely to be decided by the odd goal. Juve’s No.9 is as strong a candidate as any to score first, while you can get odds of 50/1 on Mertens opening the scoring in a 2-1 away win.