Preview - Juventus vs Napoli 30 September 18

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Sep 29, 2018, 05:32 AM Last Edit: Sep 29, 2018, 05:36 AM by Harry85
Match Day 7
Juventus vs Napoli
Sunday, September 30th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Juventus Stadium

Juventus:   
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.17
Average goals against per match: 0.67
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (3)

Napoli:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Lorenzo Insigne (5)

It's a big one at Juventus Stadium this weekend. Juventus and Napoli finished first and second respectively in Serie A last season, and after six games of the current campaign they fill the top two spots in the table once again.

Juventus haven't been quite at their brilliant best so far, but such is their superiority over the majority of the sides in this league that they head into this game having won all six games, and worryingly for the opposition Cristiano Ronaldo now seems to be finding his feet.

Napoli likewise haven't yet been quite so good as last season, but having lost both their manager and star player to Chelsea that perhaps isn't too surprising. They have nevertheless won five of six though and still look the most likely threat to the dominance of the Old Lady.

Mattia De Sciglio, Sami Khedira and Douglas Costa are all out injured for the home side. Vlad Chiriches and Amin Younes miss out for Napoli.

The sides split 1-0 wins in Serie A last season. Napoli winning this game 1-0 and Juventus returning the favour in Naples.

Sami Khedira will certainly be a miss for Juve here and his absence may just even things up. Cristiano Ronaldo is a man to be feared in any game but particularly in a high profile encounter such as this. In Lornezo Insigne though Napoli have a potent threat of their own with the maverick in scintillating form at present.

This could go either way but overall we still feel Juventus are stronger this season than last whilst Napoli look slightly weaker. It's a Juve win for us.




Prediction: Juventus 3 - 1 Napoli

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  15 - 7
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 49% - 51%

Leonardo Bonucci, Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro were all booked for Juventus. Referee Luca Banti also took the names of Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj and Lorenzo Insigne for Napoli, in addition to sending off Mario Rui for two bookable offences.

Juventus thoroughly deserved to come out on top in this top of the table clash and extend their perfect start to the season to seven games. Not much in it on possession, but Juventus made much more of the ball that they did have and were on top even before Napoli were reduced to ten men.

It was Carlo Ancelotti's visiting Napoli side who took the lead in just the tenth minute though. Attempting to be a little too clever in playing the ball out of defence, Juventus gave the ball away in a central area not far outside of their own area. One ball in to Jose Callejon in the right-hand side of the area, and one ball back across the six-yard box from Callejon, and Dries Mertens was left with a tap in.

Juventus levelled in the 26th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo receiving the ball down the left flank and beating his man to curl a lovely cross onto the head of Mario Mandzukic who planted his effort down and in.

Four minutes into the second half, Juventus had the lead. Ronaldo at the heart of the action again. Cutting in from the left flank he fired an effort on goal which ricocheted off the inside of the post and across goal. Mandzukic the man on hand to finish into the empty net with the keeper grounded.

In the 76th minute Juve put this to bed. Ronaldo getting his head on a corner from the right to flick on towards the far post. Leonardo Bonucci sliding in to finish from close range.

3-1 final score.




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