Napoli - Juventus prediction and analysis
A breathtaking six-point game at the top of the Serie A table.
Runaway leaders Napoli and Italy's record champions Juventus face each other.
The match will take place on Friday evening at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples.
With 7 points separating the standings before the game, the Partenopei can take a big step towards the Scudetto with a win.
On the other hand, Juve will melt their gap to today's opponent to just 4 points if they triumph today.
Napoli remained unbeaten in both Serie A meetings with Juventus last season (win and draw).
As the 2-1 victory was precisely in their home then.
And they can go on a three-game unbeaten run against the Old Lady in Serie A for the first time since 2011.
Maximiliano Allegri's men have made remarkable progress after a difficult start in Calcio.
But away goals were hard to come by.
As the Bianconeri have averaged just 0.62 goals per game in 8 Serie A visits this season.
The return of Federico Chiesa could change that.
Because the Italian international scored his last Calcio goal against Napoli in January 2022.
Before he suffered a long-term knee injury.
The importance of this fight is huge.
So neither manager would want to risk too much from the start which could lead to a low scoring game.
Unfortunately for Napoli, Juventus have proven more than capable of thriving in such circumstances.
As evidenced by the Torino's run of four consecutive 1-0 away league wins .
But on the other hand, the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona is an impregnable fortress in 2022/23.
As only one Serie A team (Lecce 1-1) left Naples unbeaten this season (7-1-0).
Like nothing, this match can end without goals.
But I chose a double chance and a clean sheet in favor of the visitors from Juventus.
Napoli - statistics and info
Luciano Spalletti's side had an unpleasant return to Serie A after the World Cup break.
It is their first match of the 2023 calendar year against Inter.
When Edin Dzeko's second-half strike fired the Nerazzurri to a narrow 1-0 triumph at the Giuseppe Meazza.
It was the first loss of the season for the Partenopei in all competitions.
However, Napoli almost instantly got back on track.
Like Viktor Osimhen and Elif Elmas gave them a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Sampdoria last weekend.
Spalletti will be forgiven if his side draw against Juve.
Although the Partenopei have won their last 3 home games against the Old Lady by one goal.
Key forward Kvica Kvartzhelia is experiencing a dip in form.
All eyes will therefore be on current Serie A top scorer Osimhen , who has scored 10 goals in the league so far.
Juventus - statistics and info
And while their hosts have shown inconsistency in resuming Serie A.
That Juventus has been the epitome of consistency and certainty over the past few months.
Danilo's 86th-minute goal catapulted the Bianconeri to a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Udinese.
Extending their Calcio winning streak to 8 consecutive games without conceding a single goal.
Massimiliano Allegri's men thus leapfrogged defending champions AC Milan into second place.
Restoring his glory as one of the Serie A giants.
The Bianconeri, however, failed to get out of the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2013/14.
But at the expense of that, they may strengthen their appetites for the Scudetto in southern Italy this Friday.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Min-jae, Rahmani, Olivera; Anguisa, Lobotka, Zelinsky; Politano, Osimene, Kvaratzhelia
Lineup: Garlic; Danilo, Rugani, Gatti; McKenney, Rabiot, Locatelli, Miretti, Kostic; Di Maria, Milik
Injured: Vlahovic, Pogba, Bonucci, Cuadrado
In question: De Sciglio, Bremer
Matches between Napoli and Juventus
|SA||06/01/22||Juventus 1:1 Napoli|
|SA||11/09/21||Napoli 2:1 Juventus|
|SA||07/04/21||Juventus 2:1 Napoli|
|SA||13/02/21||Napoli 1:0 Juventus|
|SK||20/01/21||Juventus 2:0 Napoli|
|KI||17/06/20||Napoli 0:0 (4:2 d.) Juventus|
Ranking and Form in the league