Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, ItalyWhen: Friday, December 8, 8:45 pm CET
Juventus is still in the title race, breathing down Inter’s neck, while on the other side, Napoli is slowly losing all the chances to defend the trophy. Their last week’s defeat to Inter complicated the situation for the reigning champs, who now have 11 points fewer than the team from Milan. Juventus is in a solid position, as everyone constantly talks about their issues and various speculations regarding the players. Nobody notices that the Old Lady is second, playing solid football and having realistic chances to take Scudetto. Unlike Inter, Juve has no pressure.
Juventus vs. Napoli Preview
As we stated, the majority of the media speaks about Dusan Vlahovic and his status or Allegri’s relationship with players, and just a few emphasize Juve’s good results. Right now, the Old Lady has ten wins, three ties, and only one loss in 14 contests.
Vlahovic and the boys are fantastic at home, where they have five wins and two ties so far, with the latest meeting at Allianz against Inter, 1-1, breaking a five-game winning streak.
This Juve is very strong in the back line, allowing only nine goals during the campaign. The attack isn’t as efficient as Inter’s but is effective and doesn’t need too many chances. Overall, Juventus is returning to its old style of play, with low-scoring games, focusing on defense and slowing the game’s pace.
Napoli is wandering this year, and it seems that the team from the south is experiencing a case of “championship hangover.” The switch at the head coaching position didn’t change too much because Napoli lost the last two events, one against Real on the road and one at Inter at home.
Once again, the defense was a massive problem, as it conceded seven times during these 180 minutes. An especially painful loss was against Inter, who returned home with three points following a 0-3 triumph at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
Things have to change radically in order for Napoli to go up. The defense will need to be more compact, while on the other hand, the midfield simply has to be stronger.
Juventus and Napoli Possible Lineups
Juventus: Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Rugani; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Vlahovic, Chiesa
Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Natan, Jesus; Anguissa, Lobotka, Elmas; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
* at the time of writing, these lineups were relevant
Juventus vs. Napoli Head to Head
There is a great rivalry between these two clubs, which stretches a long way in the past. However, we will only look at the recent meetings. Last season, Napoli triumphed on both occasions, blowing away the Old Lady in Naples, 5-1, and after that, picking up a win in Turin, 0-1.
Juventus vs. Napoli Predictions
Juve looks better nowadays, and the Old Lady is our pick for Friday’s meeting. We aren’t underestimating Napoli or anything, yet the recent problems in the defensive line are simply too noticeable, and we believe Juventus has the quality to exploit all those issues.
Our verdict: Juventus wins
Juventus versus Napoli Odds
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