Napoli vs Juventus preview

November 29, 2017
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

For the first time in quite a while, Napoli are looking down on Juventus and the Azzurri have a chance to further increase their advantage over the Serie A holders.

The Bianconeri, on the other hand, will try to close the four-point gap, although they probably wouldn’t mind bringing one point from the South.

To be perfectly honest, we are slowly getting tired of singing the praises for Maurizio Sarri and his team, but the impressive start will not matter much if they do not continue in the same manner.

Despite taking impressive 38 points from first 14 league fixtures, Napoli are just two and four points clear of Inter Milan and Juventus respectively, and it goes without saying they cannot afford to relax just yet.

Napoli recovered well from back to back setbacks vs Man City and Chievo, going on to record victories over AC Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Udinese, and they go into the title race six pointer in great spirits.

Having impressed to record 8 wins and 4 draws in last 13 home games vs the Bianconeri, the Azzurri can be backed at 2.05 (21/20) to emerge victorious.

The good news is that Mario Rui has recovered from injury and is set to start, but Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam remain in the treatment room.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Reina – Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui – Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Mertens, Insigne.

After six successive league trophies, Juventus are now finding it difficult to keep up with red-hot Napoli and Inter Milan.

The Bianconeri have one point more than at the same stage last term, but they now occupy third place in the overall standings, which cannot satisfy their ambitions.

Juventus haven’t been too impressive of late, winning just two of last five matches on all fronts, and they are 3.50 (5/2) to record a rare win at Stadio San Paolo.

Max Allegri is sweating over the fitness of star striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is rated doubtful after undergoing a hand surgery.

The good news is that Juan Manuel Cuadrado and Giorgio Chiellini have recovered from injury, while Sami Khedira should start as well.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Buffon – De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Pjanic – Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa – Manduzkic.

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