Juventus v Napoli – Serie A Betting Preview and Prediction
A clash of two Italian giants is set to take place this Sunday, September 1, at Allianz Stadium, in the second round of Italian Serie A.
Napoli’s defense leaking against top six
Napoli produced an exciting round one fixture against Fiorentina, who not only made Carlo Ancelotti’s men work hard for all three points but also revealed Napoli’s biggest weakness. Their defense. A 3:4 fixture to kick off the season is without a doubt something any football fan would like to witness, but while it was an exciting match to watch, it was far from being considered a solid fixture for Napoli.
Fiorentina might possess serious attacking strength this season, nonetheless, we did expect a much better performance from Napoli and their defensive line. Conceding three goals with Manolas and Koulibaly at the back does raise some questions, especially with a tough match against Juventus on the schedule.
Looking back at 2018/19 season, Napoli conceded at least one goal in eight out of ten fixtures against the top six Italian outfits. Furthermore, seven out of those eight fixtures ended in at least three goals.
Juventus tough hosts for Napoli
The reigning Italian champions enter round two of Serie A following a close, yet deserved win against Parma (0:1), who produced a very solid fight and even came close to walking away with a draw. Just like Napoli, Juventus don’t shy away from conceding at least one goal in their fixtures. That especially holds true at Allianz Stadium, where Juventus managed to keep a clean sheet in only eight out of their last 22 fixtures. Furthermore, it’s worth noting Juventus conceded at least one goal against Napoli in their last four fixtures at Allianz Stadium, making us believe the upcoming fixture will not lack goals.
That being said, Juventus rarely lose at home turf. Looking back at 2018/19 season, I Bianconeri finished as the only Italian club who never lost in front of their own fans (15-4-0), which is something that should not be overlooked. it’s also worth noting Napoli historically struggle to perform at Allianz Stadium, considering Juventus won all but one fixture when hosting Gil Azzuri since 2011/12 (8/9).
Verdict & Prediction
It’s a clash between two of the strongest teams in Italy, which never fails to grab attention from football fans, and for all the right reasons. In the last five h2h matches it was Juventus who came out ahead three times, whereas Napoli managed to grab two W. A solid record for Juventus, which as mentioned above becomes far more impressive when the fixtures are played at Juventus home turf. An 8-0-2 record against Napoli across all competitions paints a clear picture of which team does hold a slight advantage ahead of Sunday’s fixture.
While it’s never wise to underestimate Carlo Ancelotti and his men, the performance of Napoli against Fiorentina was underwhelming, at least as far as their defense is concerned. If Fiorentina managed to find their way to the net three times, we are confident Juventus will not have an issue doing the same. On the other side, Napoli and their firepower should not be overlooked either, considering Juventus did not look too sharp in the back against Parma last week. All things considered, goals on both sides are expected, however, when push comes to shove, we can trust Juventus to claim their second W of the season.
Prediction: Over 2.50 Goals
Odds: 2.02 SBOBET
Prediction: Juventus to win
Odds: 2.06 SBOBET