SERIE A : Juventus vs Napoli, team news, stats and bet predictions
Juventus set to finally host Napoli in the Serie A as the Italian giants clash in Turin.
After their first league meeting of the season was postponed amid controversial circumstances, enduring rivals Juventus and Napoli will finally clash in Turin on Wednesday.
With the spoils shared from their two previous meetings this season – following Juve’s Supercoppa Italiana triumph. The Partenopei picked up a 1-0 home win in February. However, the Italian giants lock together on points and are fighting it out for a Champions League place.
Back in October, the first scheduled meeting between the pair was controversially cancelled at short notice after Napoli failed to turn up when their entire squad was placed in quarantine by Neapolitan health authorities.
Amid confusion and contention, Gennaro Gattuso’s team did not travel to Turin’s Allianz Stadium after two positive COVID-19 tests in the camp. They subsequently incurred a 3-0 loss by the league. Having since won a reprieve following their third appeal against the decision, that ‘result’ was voided by the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) and the penalty of a point’s deduction was also revoked.
Juventus team news, stats and predicted lineup
Juventus come into the game in a period of underwhelming form and struggling coach Andrea Pirlo even admits that his team were “predictable” during Saturday’s draw with troubled rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole.
However, the Bianconeri battled back to salvage a 2-2 draw at the weekend. Their defeat to Benevento and painful Champions-League exit at the hands of Porto highlights the many shortcomings of Pirlo’s side.
Following their inability to turn 71% of possession and a tally of 22 shots at goal into all three points versus Torino, inconsistent Juve are now fourth in the standings – level with Napoli.
Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Chiellini, Sandro; McKennie, Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa; Ronaldo, Morata
Central defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral – who both tested positive for COVID-19 during the international period – are still unavailable for Juventus.
Napoli team news, stats and predicted lineup
In preparation for their long-anticipated trek north to Turin, Napoli came through a second-half scare in their dramatic 4-3 win over relegation-haunted Crotone on Saturday.
With forwards Lorenzo-Insigne and Victor-Osimhen both impressing, doing well on international-duty and Dries-Mertens enjoying the freedom of a deeper role. Gennaro Gattuso’s men seem utterly dominant in the first period, but nearly punished for their complacency in the second.
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Ruiz, Demme; Elmas, Mertens, Lozano; Osimhen
Juventus 1-1 Napoli