Serie A Preview: Napoli v Juventus
Antonio Conte's side aim to strengthen their lead at the league summit with three more points against the stuttering southern Italians, who have flattered to deceive domestically
By Livio Caferoglu
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga
Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo, Pazienza
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
Walter Mazzarri will be expecting a significant improvement in his side's performance levels after only collecting a disappointing 1-1 draw with Atalanta over the weekend. The result also came in stark contrast to their triumphant display midweek against Manchester City in the Champions League.
However, the Napoli coach received particular criticism for dropping Ezequiel Lavezzi on Saturday, and the Argentine forward is set to be reinstated in place of Goran Pandev, who failed to impress in his colleague's place as one of the two players supporting Edinson Cavani.
Meanwhile for Juventus, just one alteration is in the pipeline for Antonio Conte, as Claudio Marchisio is suspended for the trip to the San Paolo, and it is likely Michele Pazienza will be given the nod to face his former employers alongside Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo in midfield.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Napoli have won just one of their past six Serie A fixtures, with no league victory in their last four.
- They have not achieved consecutive domestic victories all season.
- However, they are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Juventus, winning three.
- Juventus remain the only side without a defeat in Serie A after 11 matches, including seven wins.
- In addition, they have won their past four on the bounce, but have kept just one clean sheet in the sequence.
- The away team has won just once in their past 11 meetings; a 3-2 triumph for Napoli during the 2009-10 campaign.
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Top 3 Predictions
SSC Napoli 1-2 Juventus
- 25.48 %
SSC Napoli 0-2 Juventus
- 13.77 %
SSC Napoli 9-0 Juventus
- 13.33 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - SSC Napoli 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 1, 2013||SSC Napoli 1 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 20, 2012||Juventus 2 - SSC Napoli 0|
|Italy - TIM Supercup (TIMS)||Aug 11, 2012||Juventus 4 - SSC Napoli 2|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||May 20, 2012||Juventus 0 - SSC Napoli 2|
|Dec 15, 2013||SSC Napoli 4 - FC Internazionale 2||ITA1|
|Dec 11, 2013||SSC Napoli 2 - Arsenal 0||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||SSC Napoli 3 - Udinese 3||ITA1|
|Dec 2, 2013||Lazio 2 - SSC Napoli 4||ITA1|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - SSC Napoli 1||UCL|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
‘El Matador’ has only one goal in his last six Serie A games and will need to get back on track if Walter Mazzarri’s side hope to stay hot on the trail of the Bianconeri at the top of the table.
The 27-year-old has been in fine form for the league leaders, scoring three goals in his last three games. The former Cagliari man will hope to add to his tally as Juve look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Serie A season.
The San Paolo cauldron will be simmering on Tuesday but Juventus will do just enough to escape with a point and keep their unbeaten record intact.