Out of form and in disarray, Napoli welcome Juventus to the San Paolo Stadium in what promises to be an enthralling match. Napoli find themselves in 14th position, while Juventus lead the Serie A table. It would take a herculean effort for the Naples-based team to qualify for Europe next season. The kick-off is on Sunday, 19:45 UK time.
To say this has been an underwhelming season for Napoli would be to understate the situation of the Naples-based team. From back-to-back second-placed finish in the last two seasons to being 27 points behind Juventus after 20 games into the current season, it’s fair to say that Napoli’s story is truly tragic. That said, the season is not over yet, and there’s still so much to play for. And a win over the defending champions can provide the right impetus for the rest of the season. The terrible run of form cost Carlo Ancelotti his job, and just a few matches into Gattuso’s reign, he is already feeling the pressure.
Particularly troubling has been Napoli’s home form. Gennaro Gattuso’s men have lost half of the 10 matches they’ve played at home this season with three wins and two draws sprinkled into the mix. Even more distressing is the fact that the last four matches at home in all competitions have all ended up in losses, while the last three matches overall have also ended up in defeat. Their last match at home was a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina.
In 10 home games, they’ve scored only 11 goals and conceded 13 goals for negative goal difference on their home ground. Goals have been particularly hard to come by these days. The Partenopei have now gone 231 minutes without scoring a goal in Serie A. That said, the 1-0 win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia during the week could prove a much-needed confidence booster.
Juventus have started 2020 like a team on a mission. After the first half of the season saw the team play with the proverbial handbrake, the second half of the season is showing Juventus as their best. The Old Lady have won all five matches they’ve played since the turn of the year, scoring 15 goals and conceding three goals. One of the reasons for their current run has been the form of star man, Christiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner has now scored 12 goals in eight straight matches with seven of those goals coming since the turn of the year.
After what seemed like a tight battle at the top of Serie A, Juventus have opened a four-point gap over their nearest rivals Inter Milan thanks to the latter’s two draws in the last three matches. Juventus’ away form has been good, but not overly great. In ten away matches, they’ve garnered 23 points with seven wins and two draws with the only loss being the 3-1 loss away at Lazio. In away matches, they’ve scored 15 goals and conceded nine.
Since the turn of the year, it seems Maurizio Sarri has stumbled on a winning formula and we suspect he will keep the same shape against Napoli. Napoli, on the other hand, continue to be without Kalidou Koulibaly who is a lynchpin of their defense, which means Di Lorenzo will continue to deputize for the Senegalese.
Matches between Napoli and Juventus are typically high-scoring, with the last three matches ending in over 2.5 goals. The last encounter between the two was a thrilling seven-goal thriller in which Juve triumphed 4-3. That said, as typical with a team in a bad rut, the defence is likely to be prioritized by Napoli. We suspect there would be less than 3.5 goals in the match. Betway offers you 1.50 for under 3.5 goals. Before you bet at Betway you can check out our Betway review. Recent matches between the two sides also rarely end up as draws. The last ten matches have ended with seven wins for Juve, two wins for Napoli and a single draw. Check out more Napoli vs Juventus betting tips and predictions on our sports betting tips page.
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