Juventus host Napoli on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena in midweek Serie A play. The fixture was postponed on two occasions previously and will finally take place in Turin. The teams were originally set to play in the autumn, but Napoli were unable to travel to Turin due to COVID-19 restrictions. Originally, it appeared the game would be a forfeit win for Juventus. However, it was rescheduled.
Now, Napoli have the chance to gain three points they believed had slipped away. The two clubs are level on points in Serie A going into the midweek match. The two sides are on 56 points. Juventus sit in fourth place thanks to goal difference but they have failed to win their last two games in Serie A. Andrea Pirlo’s first year as a head coach has not gone to plan in Turin.
The former Old Lady midfielder has a team plagued by errors on the pitch. Results have not gone Juventus’s way but some of that could be down to the club building an unbalanced team for the first-year coach.
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has led his team to four straight wins in Serie A. They are just one goal behind Juventus in goal difference. A win would put Napoli in the top four while Juventus would sink to fifth place. The Partenopei defeated Juventus in the reverse fixture in Naples in February. Can they do the double over their archrivals?
Juventus vs Napoli Betting Odds
Juventus head into the game as favourites to win versus Napoli. The Old Lady are at odds of 1/1 to win the game at full-time versus their southern rivals. The two clubs have met twice this season already in league and cup matches. Napoli defeated Juventus at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in February 1-0 thanks to a Lorenzo Insigne penalty. They also met in the Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus claiming a 2-0 win and the trophy.
Pirlo’s team took 11 points from their last 18 on offer in the league. They outscored opponents 12 to six, however, Juventus suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Benevento and a 2-2 draw against Torino in their last two games.
Napoli are second in the current Serie A form table. They took 16 points from the last 18 on offer. Four straight Serie A games played by Napoli all ended in victories. Napoli are 3/1 to win the game according to leading sportsbooks. The Partenopei have not won in Turin since the 2017-18 season.
Gattuso’s team are in good away form going into the game. They are unbeaten in three straight games with the last two finishing in wins. Juventus’s last home match versus Benevento ended in a 1-0 loss. They have allowed just 14 goals in 14 league games.
Juventus vs Napoli Team News
The big news going into the game surrounding Juventus concerns Paulo Dybala. Although the forward is fit to play, he has been suspended by the club according to reports in Italy. Dybala along with Weston McKennie and Arthur breached COVID-19 rules by attending a party during the March international break. The trio are all suspended but it appears Juventus are coming down hardest on Dybala. It is claimed Juventus will sell the forward in the summer.
Pirlo is likely to be without defenders Merih Demiral and Leonardo Bonucci. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 and could both miss the game. Cristiano Ronaldo is available to play the game. Juventus are an incredibly unbalanced team and since Ronaldo’s arrival, they have become a one-man team. Since arriving in 2018, Ronaldo has scored 76 times in 89 Serie A games for the Old Lady. He has also laid on 17 assists. No other Juventus player has tallied more than 18 goals in the same time period.
Gattuso has two players on the Napoli injury list. The coach is likely to be without the duo of Diego Demme and Faouzi Ghoulam due to their respective injuries. Reports on Tuesday indicate that Gattuso could leave Napoli in the offseason for Fiorentina.
Juventus vs Napoli Prediction
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Sure, the last three games between Juventus and Napoli ended with both teams not scoring goals, but Wednesday night’s game could be very different. Nine of the last 15 games in all competitions between Juventus and Napoli finished with both teams scoring goals. Napoli are not in form going into the game, while Napoli are thriving. The fixture should be a very exciting game for neutral fans.
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