This weekend’s Serie A schedule throws up an enticing clash between Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli and Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus. The former Milan team mates are both desperate for a victory as they bid to close the gap on the teams above them, including their old club.
Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 13 February, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Napoli vs. Juventus: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus into a second-half lead when the teams clashed in the Super Cup a few weeks ago, with Alvaro Morata sealing a 2-0 win for the Old Lady deep into added time.
Napoli v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Meetings between Napoli and Juventus are often fiery and ferocious, and both clubs have a lot at stake when they clash at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona early on Saturday evening. Azzurri boss Gattuso has seen his position questioned intensely after slipping down to sixth in the table, while Pirlo also needs a win to keep his Juve team hot on the heels of their Milanese rivals.
AC and Inter are leading the chase as Juve go in search of what would be a tenth straight Scudetto. Juventus are five points behind Inter with Milan another two points up the road, but the Bianconeri do have a game in hand over each of the San Siro sides.
The Old Lady may need to reach into their famous squad depth for this game following Tuesday’s Coppa Italia clash with Inter, although Napoli have a day less to prepare for this encounter with the champions after Wednesday’s trip to Atalanta.
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Juventus to win and BTTS
Juventus to win 2-1
Ronaldo to score first
The Partenopei have lost two of their last three Serie A fixtures coming into this Napoli v Juventus preview. Gattuso’s side have only won three of their last 10 in the league, a run that’s seen the Azzurri fall 12 points behind leaders Milan, albeit with a game in hand.
They aren’t out of the title race just yet, although qualifying for the Champions League is looking like the readjusted target for Napoli right now. However, three points on Saturday would reignite their hopes of claiming a first Scudetto since Diego Maradona was wearing the famous blue shirt, which would be poignant given the Argentine legend’s recent passing.
The home team are 12/5 with William Hill to record a huge win, but Juventus are the 6/5 favourites in the betting, with the draw priced at 5/2. The Bianconeri have won six of their last seven league games, winning 2-0 three times in a row against Bologna, Sampdoria and Roma since losing by the same scoreline to Inter in mid-January.
One to watch for Napoli: Matteo Politano has hit some good form recently, netting three goals in his last four Serie A appearances. He’s also been on target in the Coppa Italia, and is 9/1 to keep his good run going by netting the opener in these Napoli v Juventus predictions.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more than three times the number of goals any of his team mates have managed so far this season in Serie A. The Portuguese forward has 16 in 17 games and well over 20 in all competitions. He broke the deadlock against Napoli last month and is 3/1 to do so again here.
Long shot: Juventus have won three of their last four Serie A games against Napoli, with both teams scoring on each occasion. Juve have netted 10 times in that run and Napoli seven, with a 3-2 away win this weekend priced at 30/1. With Ronaldo scoring first, those odds rise to 105/1.