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Juventus vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview

 

Juventus vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview

Juventus vs Napoli
Italy Super Cup
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: MAPEI Stadium, Reggio Emilia.

Every time Juventus look to be making progress this season, they seem to suffer a setback and the latest blow was a 2-0 defeat to title rivals Internazionale which leaves The Old Lady well off the pace in Serie A. 

This Super Cup contest though, offers Andre Pirlo the opportunity to pick up some silverware early on his management career and he will almost certainly select the strongest team available to him. 

However, they run into a Napoli side who have been scoring for fun lately and will be determined to beat the side they triumphed over in last year’s Coppa Italia final. 

An added spice to this game is the fact that Juventus were awarded a default victory earlier in the season in a Serie A fixture between the two sides due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Napoli squad. 

Gennaro Gattuso’s side will be looking to avenge that and will not fear the giants from Turin here, but whichever way it swings, it promises to be a fairly open game so Over 2.5 Goals is worth looking at in the markets.

Juventus vs Napoli Head-to-head

Teams Juventus Napoli played so far 39 matches.
Juventus won 19 direct matches. Napoli won 11 matches. 9 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.05 goals per Match.

Juventus vs Napoli Prediction

Juventus in actual season average scored 2.28 goals per match. In 13 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (69.23%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Napoli average scored 2.23 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (72.73%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

How Andrea Pirlo shuffles his pack - if much at all - will be telling, in the wake of their setback at the weekend. In particular, the four-man defence composed of Danilo, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluca Frabotta could be reformulated, though options in that area are currently limited.

Juve are likely to still be without defensive COVID-19 cases Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs de Ligt, as well as the injured Paulo Dybala.

There are several spots up for grabs in midfield, with Arthur and Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Weston McKennie plus Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski all competing against each other for a start. Up front, Alvaro Morata will again be paired with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Napoli's Victor Osimhen is still absent due to COVID-19, but back-up striker Andrea Petagna has recovered from a calf problem and should provide the front-line focal point for Gennaro Gattuso's team.

Dries Mertens is not expected to be fit to start against the Bianconeri, but should at least feature from the bench. Skipper Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski and Hirving Lozano are in fine form as the trio supporting the front man and should again combine forces in the creative department.

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Danilo, Demiral, Bonucci, Frabotta; Bernardeschi, Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa; Morata, Ronaldo

Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Bakayoko, Ruiz; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Petagna


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