Saturday, October 29, 2016

Juventus vs Napoli - Italian Serie A 29-10-2016

Juventus vs Napoli - Competition: Italian Serie A 
Juventus team are back to winning ways after losing at AC Milan last weekend. They top the Italian Serie A standings two points ahead of the chasing pack and enter this match on the back of a 4-1 victory over Sampdoria, a match saw returning defender Giorgio Chiellini grab a rare brace. They have won 34 of their last 38 Serie A matches and are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Napoli in all competitions.
Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca are still out through injury. As consequence, Mario Mandzukic will continue to partner Gonzalo Higuain up front. In defense, Patrice Evra is expected to miss out and the Frenchman will be replaced by Alex Sandro. On the other flank, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Dani Alves are in contention for a starting berth. Claudio Marchisio is now fully fit and will likely feature as playmaker in the middle of the park.
Having lost three straight matches - including the 2:3 loss to Besiktas in UCL - Napoli seem to be back on track after consecutive wins. The Partenopei picked up all three points in their fixture with Empoli (2-0) last Wednesday, following their 2-1 away win over Crotone at the weekend. Last season, Sarri's men suffered a narrow defeat at the Juventus Stadium as Simone Zaza scored a late goal in what was a title deciding match.
Napoli team are without a central forward at the moment. Arkadiusz Milik is still sidelined with a broken ligament while Manolo Gabbiadini is suspended. Dries Mertens is likely to be used as the false nine once again with Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne out wide. Raul Albiol is a major doubt and will be probably replaced by Nikola Maksimovic. The likes of Marek Hamsik, Allan and Jorginho are expected to start in midfield.
Juventus last 5 matches:
02/10/16 Empoli 0 – 3 Juventus
15/10/16 Juventus 2 – 1 Udinese
18/10/16 Lyon 0 – 1 Juventus
22/10/16 Milan 1 – 0 Juventus
26/10/16 Juventus 4 – 1 Sampdoria

Napoli last 5 matches:
02/10/16 Atalanta 1 – 0 Napoli
15/10/16 Napoli 1 – 3 Roma
19/10/16 Napoli 2 – 3 Besiktas
23/10/16 Crotone 1 – 2 Napoli
26/10/16 Napoli 2 – 0 Empoli 
Date: 29 October 2016
Kick-off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Juventus Stadium, Torino 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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