Napoli-Juventus Preview: Last chance saloon for Partenopei

Walter Mazzarri's side have struggled in recent weeks and know another slip-up against the league leaders on Friday would strengthen the Bianconeri's grip on the Scudetto


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos
Mesto, Behrami, Inler, Armero
Cavani, Insigne

Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco

Napoli only have a minor injury concern ahead of their must-win clash against Juventus on Friday at the Stadio San Paolo.

Alessandro Gamberini will be assessed before the game which means Miguel Britos may deputise for the 31-year-old.

The Partenopei have been struggling in recent weeks and Giandonmenico Mesto and Pablo Armero may be sacrificed for Christian Maggio and Juan Zuniga.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte can field a full-strength side with Giorgio Chiellini returning to the fray after being out since December.

Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe are all unavailable, while Nicolas Anelka and Martin Caceres did not train on Wednesday because of back pain.

There are no suspensions for either side to contend with.

  • Napoli have failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions, and have drawn their last three consecutive encounters in Serie A.
  • The Partenopei have not lost to Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo in the league for six games. A run which stretches back to October 2000.
  • Edinson Cavani (pictured, right) who is Serie A's leading marksman, has failed to score in his last 500 minutes of football.
  • Juventus can stretch their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points with a win on Friday, with only 11 games left to play.
  • The Bianconeri's biggest away win against Napoli is 6-2, way back in 1974-75 season.
  • The Old Lady are undefeated in their last four league games against the Naples club.