Napoli vs Juventus Tips, Napoli vs Juventus Predictions, Napoli vs Juventus Live Stream Links, Napoli vs Juventus Betting Odds, Napoli vs Juventus Betting Tips Explained, Napoli vs Juventus Stats, Napoli vs Juventus Predictions,Napoli vs Juventus Live There is no better way for club football to restart than with a blockbuster of a match. Napoli host Juventus on Sunday evening, and after an international break, the anticipation is driving Italy wild with excitement. While the break may have offered a few players some much-needed rest, others have suffered and are carrying minor knocks, thereby creating problems for Massimiliano Allegri. Mario Mandzukic is experiencing an inflammation in the knee while Paulo Dybala is not in perfect condition. However, Marko Pjaca’s anterior cruciate ligament injury has truly worried the club.
It’s a shame that the player Juve hoped would lending a helping hand in this crucial part of the season will be out for the rest of the campaign and the beginning of the next. Unlucky with injuries, the Croatian had just started to find his feet at a demanding club and in a difficult league. Just as he’s been developing, he’s been cruelly hit with a serious injury; according to the head of the Croatian team’s medical staff, it’s one from which 45 percent of players never fully recover.
The doctor who operated on the player assured the club and the fans that Pjaca will return to the player he once was, but from a psychological point of view, it remains to be seen how the youngster will cope with this blow and what can only be described as a torrid season. Seen crying as he left the pitch in the match against Estonia, Juve will need to fully support the player, who must rely on his mental fortitude to push through this latest obstacle.
Thankfully, both Mandzukic and Dybala have been included in the squad that has travelled to Naples with as much security as possible for the most anticipated match of the season. Considering Gonzalo Higuain’s history with Napoli, there are fears that Juventus and the striker will be targeted. Many precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of the squad in what will be a very hostile environment.
In a match between arguably the two most exciting sides in Italy, Napoli’s fancy football will be pitted against the most disciplined team in Italy. A clash of two ideologies and Italy’s best two tacticians, the match will be broadcast live in five different continents and reportedly 150 countries across the world. It is for this very reason that both Juve and the Partenopei play to their football potential and ensure a fair and exciting advert for Italian football.
Boasting the best attack in the league, Napoli may have lost Higuain but have done well to ensure a steady and vibrant stream of goals, initially from Arkadiusz Milik and now Dries Mertens, the darling of the city. While the Bianconeri may have an expensive front line, Napoli’s trident are incredibly intelligent; they can draw defenders out of position to create situations that require quick and instinctive defending.
Andrea Barzagli was all too familiar with the power of Lorenzo Insigne, while Kwadwo Asamoah proved to be awful the last time the two sides met. The key is to minimise the forwards’ space by remaining compact and somewhat narrow in order to reduce the potential for one on one situations.
Despite the beauty of the Napoli attack, they do have a defence that has conceded goals with relative consistency. A side built on quick offensive movements, they’ve struggled at times to regain their defensive shape quickly once they lose possession. Speed and quick movement as well as the ability to stretch play have been known to punish Napoli. If Juventus use the full width of the pitch — perfect training for the upcoming match against Barcelona — then Napoli’s centre-backs will be forced to drift wider than they would like in order to cover their full-backs creating space for the likes of Higuain and Dybala to score.
Good movements off the ball will force Napoli into uncomfortable situations, creating space, and Allegri will be heavily relying on Alex Sandro and hopefully Mandzukic to provide the right circumstances for those tasked with making timely runs into the box.
Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic are likely to start in the middle while Giorgio Chiellini will almost certainly reclaim his place in the heart of defence. However, all eyes will be on Higuain and whether he will get back to goal-scoring ways against the side that introduced him to Italian football. This just might be the perfect opportunity for the oft-described “psychologically weak” striker to prove he can perform in the biggest and toughest matches.
Although they have dropped a few points here and there, Juventus’ quest for sixth straight Serie A title is showing no signs of slowing down. ‘The Old Lady’ have won 13 of their last 15 games in the Italian top flight, losing only once, and that has allowed them to open up an eight-point lead over second-placed Roma with only nine rounds of fixtures remaining. It has also sent them 10 points clear of the team they visit on Sunday night, third-placed Napoli.
While Napoli have got very little chance of catching Juventus this season, they are fighting to seal a spot in next season’s Champions League. Third place is only good enough for a pace in the qualifying rounds but they are only two points off second place, which would see them straight through to the group stage. However, they will also be looking over their shoulder because Lazio and Inter Milan are not out of it just yet.
Three points would be huge for Napoli on Sunday, but can they really beat Juventus? History suggests the answer is no. These two clubs have already met twice this season and on both occasions it was Juventus that ran out winners, albeit they were the home team for both outings. They have dropped points on their travels too, winning nine of their 14 away games, so they are not unbeatable, but there is no way I can go against Italy’s premier side right now. I am backing Juventus to claim another three points and completely eliminate Napoli from the title race.
I expect to see Napoli find the back of the net though. Juventus have been solid at the back this season, conceding only 19 goals in 29 Serie A outings, and they have managed nine clean sheets in their last 13. However, Napoli have managed to find the back of the net in both of their previous meetings with ‘The Old Lady’ this season and that is no surprise when you consider the attacking talent they possess in the likes of Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik. Napoli are the highest scoring side in the top tier and they can find the back of the net here, but it will not be enough times to avoid defeat.