The North meets the South on Saturday, when Juventus visit Napoli in an attempt to win their first game of the Serie A season. The Bianconeri managed just one point from their opening two games, while the Partenopei are enjoying a perfect start and will aim to heap further misery on the Bianconeri.
Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 11 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Napoli vs. Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala were on target when Juventus defeated Napoli 2-1 in their last meeting in Serie A back in April. Lorenzo Insigne scored a late penalty to form the final score.
Napoli v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is just one of the reasons Juventus are having a rough start to the season. The Bianconeri managed just one point from the opening two rounds, as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Udinese, before suffering an embarrassing 1-0 defeat against Empoli at home.
Moise Kean was brought in after Ronaldo left, but it’s hard to imagine the 21-year-old getting close to the 36 goals that the Portuguese superstar scored last term. Massimiliano Allegri stated that the likes of Paulo Dybala, Federico Chiesa, Alvaro Morata and Dejan Kulusevski should make up for Ronaldo’s goals and while it’s questionable if this can be done, scoring goals isn’t the main concern for the Bianconeri.
Juventus’s defence has been atrocious for months now, with the Turin giants failing to keep a clean sheet in 22 consecutive games in all competitions. Wojciech Szczesny made two howlers to gift Udinese a point in the first round of fixtures, and Allegri will have to get things tight at the back against Napoli.
The Bianconeri have kept only one clean sheet in their last Serie A games against Napoli. However, although Juventus won their last game against the Partenopei 2-1 back in April, the Turin giants have three defeats in the last five meetings between these clubs.
The availability of Danilo, Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Rodrigo Bentancur remains a doubt, as there might be some complications with their return to Italy from South America. Bentancur will most likely miss the game, as he was subbed off from the last Uruguay game after picking up a knock.
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Dybala to score first
Napoli, meanwhile, had to work hard to get six points out of their first two games. The Partenopei were reduced to 10 men in their opener against newcomers Venezia, after Victor Osimhen was shown a straight red after just 22 minutes. That has at least been rescinded for this game. Lorenzo Insigne and Eljif Elmas scored the goals for a 2-0 victory, while Napoli defeated Genoa 2-1 thanks to a late Andrea Petagna header.
Piotr Zielinski is a doubt for the derby after picking up an injury against Venezia, but new arrival Andre-Frank Anguissa should be available for selection after completing his transfer from Fulham.
Luciano Spalletti has some great players at his disposal, so expect Napoli to fight for a place in the top four and potentially get involved in the battle for the Scudetto. The same cannot be said with certainty for Juventus after Ronaldo’s departure, especially following the shock 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Empoli, so the momentum is undoubtedly on Napoli’s side.
The Partenopei are 4/1 with William Hill to earn a third consecutive victory and pile further misery on Juventus this Saturday. A victory for the Bianconeri can also be backed at 4/1, while the draw seems the most likely outcome and is available at 10/3.
One to watch for Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has three goals in his last four outings against Juventus. The Napoli talisman also netted twice in the last two games against the Bianconeri, so at 5/1 he remains an interesting option to break the deadlock on Saturday.
One to watch for Juventus: With Cristiano Ronaldo now gone, all eyes will be on Federico Chiesa. The 23-year-old winger has been in sensational form for Italy all summer, so everyone expects him to continue his exploits with Juventus. Chiesa is yet to open his account for the Bianconeri this term and is 8/1 to break the deadlock against Napoli this weekend.
Long shot: Napoli are undefeated in their last three home games against Juventus. The Bianconeri cannot afford to lose against the Partenopei, so a draw might be on the cards with a correct score of 1-1 being available at 11/2. If you are looking for even bigger odds, you can pair this with Lorenzo Insigne to give Napoli the lead, which will increase the odds to 39/1.