Italian champions Juventus will welcome league leaders Napoli to the Juventus stadium on Saturday night in a potential title deciding clash in the Italian Serie A.
Both sides head into the weekend’s blockbuster clash at the Juventus stadium on the back of remarkable winning runs in the league. While Napoli have won their last 8 matches in Serie A, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus side are currently on a record breaking 14 match winning run. Saturday’s mouth watering clash between these two stand out teams in the Serie A will go a long way towards determining the identity of the 2015-16 Serie A champions.
The Bianconeri will be without several key players for their potential title showdown against Napoli on Saturday night. Veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out for up to 20 days, after a muscle tear in his right leg forced him to be substituted in the 77th minute of their 2-0 win over Frosinone last Sunday. German midfielder Sami Khedira will also be missing in action against Napoli alongside long term injury absentees Mario Mandzukic, Martin Caceres and Kwadwo Asamoah. Argentine sensation Paolo Dybala is expected to start up front alongside former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra; Cuadrado, Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba; Morata, Dybala.
S S C Napoli
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli, fortunately have no major injury concerns ahead of their clash at the Juventus stadium. The Partenopei are expected to line up in their usual 4-3-3 formation, and are likely to have Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Maria Callejon flanking the red hot Gonzalo Higuain up front.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Higuain, Insigne.
- Juventus have won 71% of their games and have won their last 14 games.
- Juventus have been undefeated in their last 14 games.
- Juventus scored at least one goal in 91% of their home games.
- Juventus have won their last 8 home games.
- Napoli have won 71% of their games.
- Napoli have been undefeated in their last 9 games.
- Napoli scored at least one goal in each of their last 8 games.
- Napoli scored at least one goal in each of their last 6 away games.
Juventus 2-2 Napoli
Saturday night’s blockbuster showdown between the two title contenders in the Italian Serie A is likely to be a highly charged, frantic and entertaining affair. Napoli (54) and Juventus (45) are the two highest goal scoring teams in the league this season and their clash on the weekend promises to be a high scoring affair. With Paolo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in irrepressible form, both defences are likely to concede on the night. A 2-2 draw is the predicted outcome of this match.
Betting Odds (William Hill)
Juventus – 11/10
Draw – 16/5
Napoli – 11/4