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Prediction: Juventus vs Napoli

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 5 Dec 2023

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Verdict: Juventus draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Hoping to briefly climb to the top of the Serie A table, Juventus will welcome Napoli to Turin on Friday night for a heavyweight affair.

Juventus

Starting with the hosts, while Juventus might have dealt with a string of issues behind the scenes in Turin last season, the Italian heavyweights are in the midst of a stellar Serie A romp this time around. Continuing to shine on either side of November’s international break, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have certainly gained a string of plaudits. Knowing that another statement victory on Friday night would see them leapfrog Inter Milan to top spot, the Old Lady should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Picking up some notable scalps this season and mustering 19 points from their previous seven Serie A appearances, many in Allergi’s camp have their sights set on mounting a genuine title charge in 2024. Likewise, yet to suffer a single domestic defeat in Turin so far this season, Juventus will be confident of making another major statement on home soil.

Team News

Dealing with a long-term knee injury and yet to make a single Serie A appearance this season, Juventus will once again be without 31-year-old Mattia De Sciglio on Friday night. Still dealing with a muscle injury and not featuring since the end of October, Allegra’s side are still sweating over the fitness of USA international Timothy Weah.

Bagging the winner away at Monza last weekend and continuing to impress this season, 25-year-old defender Federico Gatti will once again partner Bremer at the back. Despite notching just a single goal since the middle of September, Susan Vlahovic will spearhead Allegri’s charge here.

Napoli

As for the visitors, while Napoli might have made real history last season as they got their hands on a first Serie A crown since 1990, Walter Mazzarri’s side have drastically failed too find a similar level this time around. Last seen putting in another woeful performance as they slumped to a 3-0 hammering at home against Inter Milan, the one-time Watford boss appears to have a real uphill battle on his hands. Signing off November with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Spanish icons Real Madrid while on Champions League duties, Napoli have now lost three of their previous four appearances across all competitions. Heading into the fortnight interval with an infamous 1-0 loss against Empoli, Friday’s guests have also failed to pick up back-to-back victories since the end of October. Needing a minor miracle if they are to keep hold of their domestic crown this season, Napoli should be bracing themselves for a tricky test in Turin.

Team News

Suffering a knee injury last week, Napoli will once again be without 26-year-old defender Mathias Olivera on Friday night. The former Getafe star will be joined on the sidelines by on the sidelines by Portugal international Mario Rui here.

While attacking talisman Victor Osimhen might have failed to notch a single strike since returning from his injury issue last month, the Nigerian ace will certainly have a leading role to play in Turin. Bagging five goals in as many appearances for club and country, Khvicha Kvaratskheila will have a leading role to play this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Napoli have collected 10 points from their previous four Serie A showdowns against Juventus.
    • However, the reigning Italian champions have lost three of their previous four appearances across all competitions.
    • Juventus have collected 19 points from their last seven Serie A showdowns.
    • Likewise, the Old Lady have to suffered a single domestic defeat in Turin since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.
    • Four of the last five meetings between Juventus and Napoli have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    In the midst of what has been a stellar Serie A romp this season and notching 19 points from their previous seven top-flight showdowns, Juventus will certainly be smelling the chance to make another statement here. With Napoli now losing three of their last four appearances across all competitions and continuing to show a string of issues, the defending Serie A champions should be bracing themselves for another stern examination on Friday night.

    Verdict: Juventus draw no bet

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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