Juventus will aim to land a psychological blow when they host Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in the Serie A on Saturday.
The Bianconeri won their 8th consecutive Scudetto last season and are now aiming for the 9th one in a row, this time under the tutelage of former Napoli and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.
The Turin club started off their title defense with a 1-0 win away at Parma and will look to make it two in a row before the international break.Embed from Getty Images
Juventus let go of fullbacks Joao Cancelo and Leonardo Spinazzola along with young forward Moise Kean in the summer. However, they did manage to win the signature of Matthijs De Ligt ahead of the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Further, they added Danilo for depth in the fullback positions along with midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Adrian Rabiot on free transfers.
Thus, the defending champions once again boast of a squad littered with quality and will be favorites for this match as well as the Serie A title.
Coming to their opponents, Napoli will know the significance of this match in the title race, having finished 2nd in 3 out of the last 4 seasons. The Partenopei are easily the 2nd best team in the country for a while now, however, the Scudetto continues to be Juventus’ prize.
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping for a better title race than last time and he will be well aware that his team’s performances are key to that. The Neapolitan outfit sold Amadou Diawara and Raul Albiol while adding the likes of Hirving Lozano and Konstantinos Manolas to strengthen the side.
Napoli started their Serie A campaign with an entertaining 4-3 win over Fiorentina and will be looking to beat the champions in their own backyard.
In terms of team news, Marko Pjaca is a long-term injury while Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the game. Meanwhile, Ancelotti’s squad boasts of a clean bill of health to choose from for this important game.
Head-To-Head and Juventus vs Napoli Prediction
In terms of head-to-head, Juventus picked up 17 wins to Napoli’s 12 wins in their entire history. However, in recent times, it is the Bianconeri who have the clear upper hand.
Napoli have won just once in their past 7 meetings against Juventus. Further, the home side have won 5 of the last 6 clashes in front of their home fans and won the most recent encounter 1-2 last season.
Finally, the Turin club have won 3 out of the last 4 meetings with Napoli and are undefeated in their last 21 home games. Thus, Sarri’s men are once again favorites to pick up 3 points, especially at home.
Juventus Predicted XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi; Costa, Ronaldo, Dybala
Napoli Predicted XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Zielinksi, Allan, Insigne; Ruiz, Mertens