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Napoli vs. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
23 January 2020
Sunday 26 January
Stadio San Paolo – Serie A
Maurizio Sarri returns to the San Paolo for the first time as Juventus boss, but finds his old club, Napoli, in a worse state than when he left. Juventus, meanwhile, are fighting Inter at the top of Serie A.
Juventus have won the last three meetings between these two sides, with the most recent a thrilling 4-3 earlier this season that was decided by a last minute Kalidou Koulibaly own goal.
Elsei Hysaj will miss Sunday’s game, having been sent off in the mid-week Coppa Italia tie. Stansilav Lobotka should be fit to feature however, having come off with a knock early into the game, although fellow new-signing Diego Demme may be dropped for Fabian Ruiz. Kalidou Koulibaly remains side-lined with an arm injury.
Rodrigo Bentancur continues his suspension meaning another start for Blaise Matuidi is likely, whilst Mattheus De Light will start at centre-back due to injuries to both Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral. Maurizio Sarri is likely to field a conservative line-up meaning Gonzalo Higuain may miss out despite his phenomenal record against his former club.
Napoli vs. Juventus Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Juventus have reclaimed their lead on top of the Serie A table, although travel south to face Napoli on Sunday. They’re 2.00 to return with three points.
The Partenopei have been in poor form recently, and find themselves in the bottom half of the table with half the season gone. However, Gennaro Gattuso’s side proved in their mid-week cup win over Lazio that they undoubtedly have the talent at their disposal to cause problems for any team in the league. A win here is 3.55, with the draw at 3.65.
Lorenzo Insigne’s first goal from open-play since October marked an upturn in form for the diminutive winger, who has become the creative fulcrum of the attack without Dries Mertens. Napoli will be hoping that he can help unlock the league leaders, who find themselves with a problem area at right-back.
Maurizio Sarri will not be unduly worried about his side’s trip to his old club, as Napoli look a far weaker side than they did under his tutelage. The absence of Kalidou Koulibaly will be especially hard felt, with the athleticism of the Senegalese defender their best bet of handling Juventus’ mercurial front-line.
Even against Parma, who put up stiff opposition and defended deep, the Old Lady carved out plenty of chances, especially late in the game, and fans will expect to see the likes of Paolo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo shooting more clinically on Sunday.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 2.15
Despite a high-scoring encounter earlier this season, Napoli may look to replicate their performance against Lazio and defend deep.
Ronaldo to score at 1.83
The Portuguese forward has over-come a dry spell and looks to be scoring for fun at the moment.