It has been a miserable 2020 for Napoli and it could get worse with Serie A leaders Juventus up next for the Azzurri. The hosts are in freefall after three straight defeats and find themselves in the bottom-half of the table, some 27 points adrift of the Bianconeri and face the real prospect of missing out on European football next season.
Where and when: San Paolo, Napoli – 26 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Napoli vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The sides played out an astonishing seven-goal thriller in August in a real advertisement for the Italian game. Danilo and Gonzalo Higuain netted in the first-half before Cristiano Ronaldo made it three and gave Juventus what they thought was an unassailable lead. Napoli heroically fought back through Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni Di Lorenzo until Kalidou Koulibaly put through his own net in stoppage time to hand the Bianconeri the spoils.
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Napoli vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
Napoli find themselves in unknown territory. For the past four campaigns, the Partenopei have ran opponents Juventus all the way in the race for the Scudetto but with one triumph in the last 12 league fixtures, the club are in turmoil.
Gennaro Gattuso has struggled since his appointment, but will have been delighted with his men’s showing in the 1-0 win against high-flying Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday. Gattuso succeeded Carlo Ancelotti and there have been suggestions Azzurri owner Aurelio De Laurentiis regrets dismissing the three-time Champions League winning tactician.
Nevertheless, the 42-year-old remains in the dugout and has a selection dilemma ahead of the visit of the champions. Fabian Ruiz was rested for the tie with the Aquile, but is expected to come in at the expense of either Piotr Zielinski or new signing Diego Demme.
Further forward, Arek Milik will keep his place with Dries Mertens still out through injury and the big Pole is 5/1 to score first. Hirving Lozano is in a battle with Jose Callejon for a position on the right flank and the Mexican can be found at 14/5 to net anytime. The Azzurri are 5/2 to emerge victorious and 11/4 to pick up a draw.
Rivals Juventus now hold a four-point cushion over Inter with Cristiano Ronaldo back to his irresistible best. The Portugal skipper has 11 goals from his last seven appearances and is 11/4 to open proceedings and 4/1 to hit a brace. Partner Paulo Dybala is 15/8 to score anytime and the travelling squad are 21/20 to claim the spoils.
One to watch for Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has had a poor year by his high standards but will hope his winner against Lazio will be the perfect tonic for a strong end to the term. The Azzurri captain is 8/1 to strike last.
One to watch for Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain is public enemy number one in the San Paolo terraces and will relish the occasion. The Argentine is 5/1 in the same final scorer betting.
Long shot: The squads have played out some thrilling encounters over the years and while Juventus are the overwhelming favourites, Gattuso will rally his troops. With the help of the passionate natives, it could be another exciting duel. A 2-2 final outcome is 12/1.