Juventus — Napoli forecast for Italy’s Serie A matches

Juventus are just a point off the top-four in Serie A

Massimiliano Allegri’s side sit fifth in the Italian league table with 34 points. The Turin side have 10 wins, four draws and five losses.

Juventus, who have dominated Serie A for almost a decade, are still far from title contention. “They are 12 points behind 1st-placed Inter, so a move into the Champions League zone will be a priority for Allegri’s men. The Bianconeri are four points adrift of the top-four after the first leg.

The former Italian champions have failed to produce any sparkling displays but, thanks to their favoured defensive strategy, they have been consistent in scoring in recent rounds. In the five meetings before the break, Juve picked up 13 points. On 21 December Juve defeated Cagliari 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Moises Keane and Federico Bernardeschi.

Napoli lose at home to La Spezia

Luciano Spalletti’s side sit third in the table with 39 points from 19 games. The Neapolitans have 12 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats.

Napoli made a very strong start to the league, picking up 32 points in the first 12 rounds. But then Spalletti’s men slowed down and lost their lead. In their last 4 games, the Neapolitans have suffered three defeats, delighting their fans only with a 1-0 away win against AC Milan.

On 22 December, the Partenopeans were thrashed at home by Championship outfit La Spezia (0-1). The game was decided by Napoli defender Joao Jesus, who struck his own goal from a standard position.

Spalletti’s side play in Napoli in September

Juve and Napoli are characterised by a high number of home victories in Serie A. In the past 5 meetings, only the home side have recorded success. In addition, the Turin side have won 9 and one defeat in the last 10 matches at home.

The 3rd leg in Naples also ended in favour of the home side on 11 September. “The Partenopeans won the encounter 2-1. Alvaro Morata scored an early one for the visitors, with Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly coming on for the home side after the break.

Coronavirus had an impact on both teams’ form

Juventus are facing a COVID-19 epidemic at the club before the start of the 2nd round. Goalkeeper Carlo Pinsollo, defender Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Arthur tested positive. Defender Coni de Winter was also among those who fell ill, but he could still recover by Thursday. Injured defender Danilo and midfielder Aaron Ramsey are in the same situation.

Napoli are also experiencing problems with the coronavirus. Midfielder Elif Elmaz and forward Victor Osimhen are among those who have tested positive and will miss the meeting. Defender Kevin Malchuis and strikers Irving Lozano and Andrea Petagna could join them for a similar reason. Spalletti’s coaching staff will have to deal with the disqualification of defender Mariu Rui and a thigh injury to his defensive partner Kalidou Koulibaly.

Forecast and bet: Juventus win

The Turin side have a great chance to take revenge for their defeat in Naples last autumn. The Bianconerri traditionally play well against Napoli at home. Furthermore, Allegri’s men have been consistently winning points in their domestic encounters, losing in their last four games only to Atalanta (0-1). Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app android.

The Partenopei were on the decline at the end of the calendar year and Spalletti’s side currently have no reason to turn things around. Numerous losses are playing against Napoli. The South Americans have lost key players in every line except the goalkeeper’s because of injuries and coronavirus, and this could prevent the Neapolitans from taking points away from Turin.

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