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  • April 1, 2012
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  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
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Juventus - Napoli Preview: Old Lady aim to continue title challenge as Mazzarri's men look to step up Champions League chase

Juventus - Napoli Preview: Old Lady aim to continue title challenge as Mazzarri's men look to step up Champions League chase

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Antonio Conte's side are back on the winning trail following a run of draws, but now face a Partenopei outfit keen to recover from last week's disappointing draw with Catania


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
JUVENTUS


Buffon
Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie
Matri, Vucinic


NAPOLI



De Sanctis
CampagnaroCannavaro, Aronica
MaggioGarganoInlerZuniga
Hamsik
Lavezzi, Cavani

Juventus have a full squad to choose from for the visit of Napoli on Sunday, but it is likely that coach Antonio Conte will utilise a 3-5-2 formation during the match.

The trainer used his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 against Inter last week, but it is expected that goalscorers Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero will be benched in favour of Leonardo Bonucci and Stephan Lichtsteiner, while there will be no place for Simone Pepe.

Meanwhile for Napoli, a number of changes look set to take place from the 2-2 draw with Catania a week ago. The alterations start in defence, as Hugo Campagnaro has returned to the fold and should replace Federico Fernandez.

Elsewhere, Andrea Dossena and Blerim Dzemaili will be dropped to accommodate Christian Maggio and Gokhan Inler in midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • In 131 previous Serie A meetings, Juventus have won 58 times against Napoli, compared to their rivals' 28 victories.
  • However, the Partenopei are unbeaten in their last five games against the Old Lady.
  • Alessandro Matri has already netted five goals against the Partenopei.
  • The Bianconeri have failed to score in just one of their last 19 games at home.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in the last nine Serie A matches, but have drawn their last two.
  • Walter Mazzarri's side have shipped seven goals over their last three fixtures in the league.
  • Marek Hamsik has scored five goals against Juventus; more than against any other club.
  • Napoli have netted 145 strikes against the Old Lady, the most against in Italy's top-flight division.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
3Andrea DossenaDefender
21Federico FernándezDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
-Edu VargasStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
Players to Watch
Mirko Vučinić
Mirko Vučinić
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
12 2 2 0

The Montenegrin attacker is in brilliant form, coming off three wonderful displays in which he scored one and set up three more against Fiorentina before sending Juve to the Coppa Italia final with a spectacular extra-time goal against AC Milan. Another equally-impressive performance against Inter was witnessed, where he was unfortunate to not get on the scoresheet, so Conte will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
El Matador scored last Wednesday to propel Napoli past Siena and into the Coppa Italia final, and also against Catania, although his efforts were in vain. The Uruguay international will be leading the line for his team at Juventus Stadium and is sure to be fired up for the encounter, as the Partenopei desperately need a win to keep pace in the race for the final Champions League spot.
Prediction
Napoli have no trouble in scoring, but it's their deficiencies at the back that will cost them once more against Juventus, and possibly the chance of finishing in a Champions League spot at the end of the season. Juve, meanwhile, are very much experiencing the opposite, but they have recently rediscovered their scoring touch, so a slender victory for the hosts should suffice.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 1

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