Following their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Porto in the previous round, knocked out on goal difference, Juventus can focus their attention on the race for the Serie A title. They host Napoli on Wednesday from 17:45; knowing three points is essential if they are to have any chance of saving their season.
This match will be the third time these sides have met this season. The opening game of the campaign produced a 2-0 victory for Juve in the Italian Super Cup back in January before Napoli got their revenge with a 1-0 league win in February. Both sides have been below par in this campaign, but which club will hold their nerve here? Armchair fans are excited to find out with this fixture starting a hectic evening of football action.
Juventus drop to fourth
Juventus entered this season as favourites to continue their dominance of Italian football that has seen them make light work of the competition for much of the last decade. However, the Old Lady appear to have suffered without their loyal fanbase, and playing at empty stadiums hasn’t suited their style. They start this match with 16 wins and eight draws against four defeats, scoring 56 and conceding 25.
The 56 points collected by Juventus after 28 games means they are already 12 points off the pace set by current leaders Inter Milan who sit eight clear of Inter Milan. Juventus have a game in hand over two of the three teams currently above them and could skip to third in the table with a midweek victory.
Napoli pushing for the top-four
Napoli is another team who has been below par in this unusual Serie A campaign. They start this game in fifth place but are level on points with their hosts and could shoot to third and point off second with victory. Their season hangs in the balance, but Napoli knows they could turn things around with a win here.
Napoli has won each of their last four league matches and rate as one of the form teams in Serie A at present. They remain unbeaten in their previous five games, taking 13 points from the 15 available to them. The visitors seem determined to make up for what has been a disappointing season by finishing strongly and giving their fans something to shout about.
Juventus vs Napoli prediction
Juventus are the home team, but they are stuck on a poor run of form and are without a win in their last two games. They are also out of the Champions League, and fans would be forgiven for being happy to see the back of this campaign. Defeat here would simply pile on the misery for a support that has become accustomed to dominating.
Napoli is in great shape as confidence returns to the team. They arrive with their tails up and will be determined to win the points while hurting their hosts. On recent form, Napoli looks the more likely to finish in the top-four, but there’s still lots of football to be played.
Serie A odds
Juventus are 1.945 win with Napoli 3.78 and the draw 3.62.
Make sure to bet on Juventus vs Napoli with 22Bet!