Napoli visit Serie A champions Juventus six months after the original fixture was scheduled. The Azzurri refused to travel in October after two members of Gennaro Gattuso’s playing staff contracted coronavirus and there is still tension between the respective camps. The Scudetto holders are a whopping 10 points behind leaders Inter.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 7 April, kick-off 17:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Napoli: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty was the difference in Naples.
Juventus v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo has confirmed his intention to remain in the Bianconeri dugout but there are no guarantees the young tactician will be in charge beyond May. Zinedine Zidane could be available if, as widely expected, he leaves Real Madrid and the World Cup winner is fondly thought of by the natives and Andrea Agnelli.
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Paulo Dybala has been out for three months with a knee injury and there is no timeframe for a return. The Argentine has been locked in talks over a new contract but Juventus are now considering cashing in with Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay two cut price options. Arek Milik can be signed for a very modest €12m and it is likely to be a busy summer in and out of Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo came under intense scrutiny for his poor displays against Porto but it is worth remembering no player has scored more in Serie A this season. The attacker is 13/5 to open proceedings and will be fondly remembered if he moves on. Partner Alvaro Morata is 4/1 to break the deadlock, while this year’s standout Bianconeri performer Federico Chiesa can be found at 11/2. The hosts are 17/20 to emerge triumphant and a share of the spoils is 11/4.
Pirlo’s old team-mate Gattuso will be down the touchline and can relate to the pressure of management. The fiery Calabrian won the Coppa Italia last campaign but Maurizio Sarri is reportedly in line to take over in the near future after repairing his relationship with Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Gattuso retains the full backing of his squad and Dries Mertens is 2/1 to register anytime. Victor Osimhen is 9/2 to score last and Fabian Ruiz is an attractive 14/1. Napoli are 16/5 to come away with the spoils ahead of another huge clash, this time away at Roma.
One to watch for Juventus: Weston McKennie is 12/1 to notch last and is the only Bianconeri midfielder guaranteed to be at the club next term with wholesale changes expected.
One to watch for Napoli: Matteo Politano has struck on nine occasions and is set to join the Azzurri permanently from Inter. The Italy international is 10/1 to hit the final effort.
Long shot: Juventus and Napoli first developed a rivalry when Sarri had the Azzurri battling for the championship and the episode earlier in the campaign has reignited the bad blood. A 3-2 away victory is 42/1 and would not only lift Gattuso’s group in to Champions League contention, but almost end the Bianconeri’s title hopes.