Napoli are in good form, but Juventus are the favourites to emerge victorious in this Serie A tie

Serie A: Old Chums In Pirlo and Gattuso Go Head to Head

Juventus vs Napoli

Former AC Milan stars in Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso will be in for a reunion, but it won’t be a friendly one as their teams lock horns this weekend.

Defending champions Juventus take on Napoli in a fascinating clash between two of the hottest clubs in Serie A at the Allianz Stadium.

Napoli kicked off their 2020/21 campaign with back-to-back wins versus Parma and Genoa.

As for Juventus who are gunning for a 10th straight Scudetto, they notched a victory over Sampdoria but failed to do so against AS Roma. So a win is in order for them to get back on track.

I Bianconeri are in a must-win match this weekend given that their rivals are desperate to dethrone them for the championship.

Can Andrea Pirlo and co. come away with a statement win? Or will Napoli put a dent to Juve’s repeat bid?

Either way, SBOTOP football fans will be in a huge treat as this is a match that should be marked on your calendars.

 

Talking Points

Juventus not content with their decent start

I Bianconeri are chasing for their 10th consecutive title this season. But unlike before, this might be their most challenging year yet.

They have a new boss in Andrea Pirlo who is considered as a beginner, and he will have to seize the opportunity in proving everyone that he is the right man for the job.

Pirlo showed everyone that he’s no joke when he retooled the roster ahead of this season by letting go of their older heads in Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, and exchanging Miralem Pjanic for Arthur Melo.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to salvage a point for 10-man Juventus in a 2-2 draw at Roma

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot

In the first game, Juventus simply outclassed Sampdoria as Dejan Kulusevski opened his scoring account while Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were brilliant as usual.

However, against AS Roma, I Bianconeri got into trouble when they were reduced to 10 men. Adrien Rabiot was booted out of the game after two yellow cards, but Cristiano Ronaldo saved the day when he scored a brace to salvage a point.

Even Andrea Pirlo admitted that Juventus are still working on their chemistry as of the moment.

Their prized addition in Alvaro Morata only arrived last week while Arthur Melo hasn’t played football in over six months. On the other hand, Rodrigo Bentancur is still working to be 100-per cent fit.

At the back of their minds, Juve believe that they have yet to hit their otherworldly form, and a game against a club like Napoli should wake them up.

 

Napoli firing at will

As early as today, Napoli appear to be viable challengers for the Serie A crown with their recent performances.

The thrashed both Parma and Genoa with an aggregate tally of 8-0 as their star-studded frontline have been on target.

Gli Azzurri’s leading scorer last term in Dries Mertens kickstarted the scoring barrage by punching in two goals in the last two games, while Lorenzo Insigne, Hirving Lozano, Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski, Elif Elmas provided their share of Serie A 2020 highlights.

Lest you think that Napoli are already content with their current lineup, they are reported to be shopping for one more midfielder.

 

Napoli have been linked to Tiemoue Bakayoko via loan, while they have the option to bring over Bordeaux’s Tom Basic in a cheap deal.

 

History

I Bianconeri and Gli Azzurri have faced off 39 times in the modern era of Italian top-flight.

Juventus have won in 19 games while Napoli won in 11 along with nine draws. On an average, they’ve put in around 3.05 goals per contest.

Napoli defeated Juventus in their two previous encounters. One was during the Coppa Italia Final via penalties (4-2) and another is at the Stadio San Paolo in a home match last January (2-1).

 

Betting Tip

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Juventus vs NapoliJuventus Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.75
October 5, 02:45 (GMT+8)

The updated Serie A 2020 odds point to a win by Juventus in what should be a close affair.

The Serie A defending champions are priced at 2.00, while Napoli are close by at 3.55 and a draw is pegged at 3.45 according to the 1×2 market.

Goals are bound to come for this fixture given the quality of these two sides. You may fancy placing your wagers on Over 2.50 @ 1.45 or Total Goal 2-3 @ 1.90 for a good payday.

While Gennaro Gattuso’s men have been running hot in form lately, this will be their biggest test yet.

Juventus should come away with the three points in this contest given their championship pedigree, but Napoli are more than capable to give them a run for their money.

A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR (??) BETS ARE WORTH:
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.

 

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