This Sunday, the Allianz Stadium hosts one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures in the Italian football calendar as Juventus face Napoli. Andrew Delaney gives a rundown of what to expect from Turin and provides his best betting tips for this clash in Turin.
Who is playing?
Juventus vs Napoli
What competition are Juventus and Napoli playing?
Serie A Matchweek 3
When is Juventus vs Napoli?
7:45 GMT, Sunday 2nd October 2020
Which stadium is hosting Juventus vs Napoli?
Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
What channel is Juventus vs Napoli on?
Premier Sports 1
Juventus vs Napoli Summary
Napoli have so often been the bridesmaid in recent years, finishing second behind Juventus on four occasions since the Bianconeri asserted their dominance on Italian football in 2012-13, 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19 as they still chase their first title since the glory days of Diego Maradona in Naples.
The Partenopei let go of some of those frustrations though, after famously beating Juve in the Coppa Italia final last season on penalties, and securing a home success over the champions in January.
The fixture has been notorious for high-scoring encounters recently too, including in last season’s affair, which ended 4-3 in favour of the hosts. Juve raced into a 3-0 lead before Napoli rallied to pull it back with three goals in 15 second half minutes, but it would leave the Neapolitans devastated after a 92nd minute Kalidou Koulibaly own goal sent them home empty-handed.
Juventus Team News and Form
The champions have had an indifferent start to the season, after comfortably beating Sampdoria 3-0 on the opening weekend, they then needed a masterclass from Cristiano Ronaldo to bail them out against Roma last weekend, as his brace salvaged a point despite Juve falling behind twice in the capital.
Pirlo has reverted to the traditional 3-5-2 formation seen so often among Italian clubs nowadays and also under Antonio Conte’s leadership when Pirlo himself featured in a five-man midfield. However, the defensive tweak did not do much to prevent some very suspect defending against Roma, especially for Jordan Veretout’s second goal just before halftime, as they left Wojciech Szczesny goal horribly exposed on the counter-attack.
The Old Lady will be without Adrien Rabiot, who was given his marching orders in a very below par performance last weekend, but the promising news is that Paulo Dybala returned to the squad as an unused substitute. Arthur made his debut for the club off the bench and could replace Rabiot in the starting eleven, but they will still be without Alex Sandro, Federico Bernardeschi and Matthijs de Ligt.
Napoli Team News and Form
If Juve’s form has been up and down, then Napoli’s has been imperious, so far, registering a straightforward 2-0 win to start the season away at Parma before hammering Genoa 6-0 at the San Paolo on Sunday. They sit on top of Serie A as one of the three clubs still with a 100% start intact along with Milan and Hellas Verona.
The usual suspects Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne have made good starts once more in front of the goal but the newer faces such as Victor Osimhen, Hirving Lozano, Elif Elmas and Matteo Politano have also been impressive.
Insigne went off with a hamstring injury though in that win over Genoa and the longevity of his spell on the sidelines is not yet known, but the Macedonian Elmas replaced the captain and showed he is a worthy replacement, scoring the fifth goal in the rout. Apart from that, Gennaro Gattuso has his whole squad fit and at his disposal for the trip to Turin.
Juventus Last Five Matches:
- Roma (A) 2-2 Serie A draw
- Sampdoria (H) 3-0 Serie A win
- Novara (H) 5-0 Friendly win
- Lyon (H) 2-1 Champions League win (Aggregate: 2-2 away goals loss)
- Roma (H) 1-3 Serie A defeat
Napoli Last Five Matches:
- Genoa (H) 6-0 Serie A win
- Parma (A) 0-2 Serie A win
- Pescara (H) 4-0 Friendly win
- Teramo (H) 4-0 Friendly win
- Barcelona (A) 3-1 Champions League defeat (Aggregate: 4-2 loss)
|17/06/20||NAP||0-0* (4-2p)||JUV||Coppa Italia|
Juventus Top Scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (37 goals in all comps 2019/20) – The Bianconeri’s top scorer for the past two seasons has picked up where he left off, scoring three goals in the opening two matches, more than any player in Serie A so far.
Paulo Dybala (17 goals in all comps 2019/20) – The Serie A MVP last season has not yet featured this season because of injury, but his link up with Ronaldo was scintillating on their way to winning a ninth straight title.
Napoli Top Scorers
Dries Mertens (16 goals all comps 2019/20) – The 33-year-old Belgian was Napoli’s top marksman for a third time in the last campaign despite scoring just nine of his goals in Serie A. His goals though were vital in their progression through the Champions League group stage, including goals home and away against Liverpool.
Arkadiusz Milik (14 goals all comps 2019/20) – The Polish target man was the side’s Serie A top scorer but after the signing of Victor Osimhen for a club-record fee from Lille, his days at the club may be numbered as a switch to Roma looked likely but has stalled in recent weeks.
- Juventus have only lost once to Napoli at home in the previous nine league seasons
- In all competitions, this fixture has produced over 2.5 goals in 12 of the last 16.
- Juventus won 50 points from a possible 57 at home in Serie A last season.
- Napoli had poor away form at the end of last season, winning only one from six.
Andrew’s Betting Tips
When these two sides meet in Turin, goals are to be expected. The 4-3 thriller last season was just a continuation of what has been a goal-laden fixture over the past decade. Dating back to the 2009/10 season, there have been over 2.5 goals on 12 occasions in all competitions. Back over 2.5 goals at 19/20 with Mark Jarvis.
As previously mentioned, Juventus have only lost once in their last nine home league games against their upcoming opponents, winning the other eight. They also showed sensational home form last season, dropping just seven points with their only home defeat coming after they had confirmed the title as Maurizio Sarri rotated the squad. Juventus to win is evens odds with Mark Jarvis.
Napoli have been clinical in their opening two games, putting Parma and Genoa to the sword convincingly. Dries Mertens has played a big part, scoring in both wins, carrying on his excellent form from last season when he was the club’s top scorer. If the Serie A top scorers continue their fiery streak in front of goal, expect Mertens to be involved. He is 11/4* to score anytime.
*Odds as of time of writing (Friday 2nd October) and subject to change
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