Napoli vs. Juventus: Serie A – Match Preview

The two favourites for the Scudetto title go head to head on Friday evening as Napoli host the title holders Juventus.

Napoli hold a four point advantage over Juventus going into the fixture, having dropped just four points all season.

Last time out they edged past Udinese, winning 1-0 away from home thanks to a Jorginho winner.

Juventus eased past Crotone, winning 3-0, with all their goals coming in the second half.

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring as Juventus shuffled their squad with more than eye on this clash.

Serie A form: Napoli W4 D1 L0; Juventus W4 D0 L1
Serie A top scorers
Napoli – Dries Mertens 10 goals
Juventus – Paulo Dybala 12 goals

Match history
Juventus took four points off Napoli last season and also eliminated them from the Coppa Italia.

The meeting at the San Paolo finished level, with Marek Hamsik rescuing a point for the hosts.

Last five Serie A meetings
Napoli 1 Juventus 1 – 02/04/17
Juventus 2 Napoli 1 – 29/10/17
Juventus 1 Napoli 0 – 13/02/16
Napoli 2 Juventus 1 – 26/09/15
Juventus 3 Napoli 1 – 23/05/15

Both teams to score – 10/13 with 888 Sport

Team news
Napoli are again without the long term absentees in Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam, however the remainder of the squad should be fit.

Mario Rui will continue to deputise from left-back, although the experienced Christian Maggio is an alternative.

Gonzalo Higuain is a doubt to face his former side, however is likely to be risked here.

Should the Argentinian not be fit to feature, Mandzukic may lead the line.

Expected starting XI’s
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Koulibaly, Albiol, Rui; Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan; Insigne, Mertens, Callejon
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Costa, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain

Predictions

Result: Draw (5/2 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (11/2 with Betfair)

Anytime Goalscorer: Miralem Pjanic (6/1 with Bet 365)

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