Juventus v Napoli Sun 19:45
Still to suffer a loss in this year’s Serie A campaign, Antonio Conte will know that a draw against Napoli on Sunday won’t be of much use if his Juventus side are to remain within touching distance of league leaders AC Milan, as Paddy Power offers odds on for the ‘old Lady’ to secure the three points.
Following their four consecutive over the course of February and March, the Turin outfit slipped off the summit of the Italian top flight and now find themselves four points behind AC Milan, relying on their competition to drop points before they can reclaim their top spot.
Looking to block that chase however is Napoli, who are enjoying an impressive unbeaten run of their own, having not lost a Serie A game since late January.
The Azzurri’s Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea appears to have focused minds on domestic proceedings as Napoli now sit in fourth spot and look capable of achieving qualification for next campaign European competition.
Walter Mazzari’s team have been consistent throughout this season, whether that be at home or away and the club have actually conceded less goals on average when playing in unfamiliar territory.
Offence doesn’t seem to have been an issue either with an average of 1.57 goals scored per game when playing away this season, and who would have guessed otherwise when The Holy Trinity are in full flow.
That attack looks likely to remain just as dangerous as ever this weekend too, as Napoli have scored 145 goals against Juventus, more than they have netted against than any other Serie A opponent.
The Naples outfit are also in good form against the Old Lady of late too, having won three and drawn two of the last five encounters between the two sides.
Juventus haven’t been as clinical as they would have liked this campaign, relying more on stern defence than creative attack on more than one occasion.
Alessandro Matri is the only Juve player to record double figures in terms of goals scored this season but spreading the scoring responsibilities seems to be working just fine, as I Bianconeri have failed to score in just one of their last 9 home matches.
These two teams will meet in May for their Coppa Italia final but this rehearsal could prove just as, if not more, important for those involved with a first and top four finish on the line for Juventus and Napoli, respectively.