Preview - Juventus vs Napoli 23 April 2018

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Apr 22, 2018, 08:20 PM Last Edit: Apr 22, 2018, 08:50 PM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Juventus vs Napoli
Monday, April 23rd, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Juventus Stadium

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.36
Average goals against per match: 0.58
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (21)

Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.12
Average goals against per match: 0.70
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (17)

What a game we have in store at the Juventus Stadium this weekend as the league leaders welcome second placed Napoli to town. Juventus had looked to have a decisive lead at the top headed into the run in, and that may yet prove to be the case, but having failed to beat lowly Crotone last weekend the gap between the top two is down to just four points now. A win for the visitors here and it will be reduced to just a single point with four games to play.

Winning here certainly won't come easily for Napoli though. Juventus have been excellent on home turf so far this season,. Winning 14 of 16 and conceding just a paltry five goals in the process. Mattia De Sciglio is the only injury concern for Juve ahead of this game.

In any other season Napoli could reasonably expect to be runaway leaders in Serie A. They have been sensational this term in losing only two of their 33 fixtures to date. Significantly one of those losses came in the reverse of this game with Juventus coming out on top.

Napoli haven't lost an away game yet though, with their style of play seemingly perfectly set up for playing on the counter. Having won 12 and drawn 4 of their 16 away games, they will provide a stern test for Juve here. Much like Juventus they have just the one injury concern, with Faouzi Ghoulam ruled out.

We simply can't split these two sides. Home advantage my swing things in Juve's favour but Napoli have proven unbeatable on the road to date.

Prediction: Juventus 1 - 1 Napoli


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 4 - 12
Shots on target: 0 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 40% - 60%

Three bookings for the home side, with Medhi Benatia, Kwadwo Asamoah and Miralem Pjanic all seeing yellow. Referee Gianluca Rocchi also took the name of Napoli's Raul Albiol.

And then it got really tight at the top. Napoli win in Turin!

Whilst Napoli left it so very very late to steal the points here, no one can say they didn't deserve it as they bossed Juventus on their own patch. The Old Lady failing to register a single shot on target.

It did look as though the famous Juve rear-guard action had paid off once again, as a draw here would have suited the home side far more than the visitors, but the late drama scuppered their plans.

It might not register as an official shot on target, but Juventus did come closest to breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute when Paulo Dybala's free kick struck the outside of the post.

Napoli had the better of the first half, but only intermittently threatened to break through. 0-0 at half time.

The pattern of play continued in the second half, with Juventus seemingly content to sit back and occasionally attack on the break.

Jose Maria Callejon had a good opportunity in the 73rd minute when picked out at the far post by Lorenzo Insighe. Gianluigi Buffon was equal to his volleyed effort though.

Buffon remained the busier of the two keepers, but Napoli looked to have been kept at bay……until the ninetieth minute.

Callejon's corner from the right-hand side was met with a towering header from defender Kalidou Koulibaly to send the Napoli bench into raptures.

It really is game on in the race for the Sere A title now as Napoli close the gap to just one point with four games still to play.

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