Juve host Napoli in one of the big Serie A matches of the season on Saturday night.
Juventus v Napoli – Saturday 19:45, BT Sport 2
An almighty clash from Serie A on Saturday night sees champions Juventus host Napoli. Both of these heavyweights won their midweek games but it’s the hosts who hold a four point advantage over their visitors in the table. Pleasingly for Juve fans, Marchisio returned to action against Sampdoria, but Paulo Dybala missed out through injury and won’t feature here. The Argentine has become an important player for the club and in the 11 games he’s missed since his arrival, Juve’s goals per game has dropped from 2.2 to 1.5.
Napoli have recovered from two defeats with consecutive victories but their form on the road has been a concern as they’re W2-D2-L1 thus far. If they want to properly challenge Juve for the title they will need to improve on the road especially against their main rivals as they’ve now lost their last five at top-four sides, scoring just once. Improving that scoring record here might be tough though as with Higuain moving to Juve in the summer and his replacement Milik injured they lack an out-and-out finisher.
Juve are on a 21 match winning streak in Turin and one of the great traits in their five consecutive title winning seasons has been their ability to beat their rivals on home turf. They’ve won all 15 home matches against top-four sides since 2011/12, though nine of these where by just a single goal and eight were level at the break. Given their four point advantage over Napoli and Dybala’s absence, we’re expecting Allegri’s side to keep things tight first up, making the Draw/Juve half-time/full-time an appealing bet. Indeed, in typical Juve fashion it could easily finish with a 1-0 correct score.