Napoli vs Juventus
Italian Serie A, Italy
Date: Sunday, 3rd August 2019
Kick off at: 19.30 GMT
Venue: Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy
Juventus’ ambition to maintain their unbeaten run in Serie A will be facing a tough test this weekend. Massimiliano Allegri’s men must be ready to battle hard against second place Napoli at San Paolo stadium.
Napoli vs Juventus Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for a potentially exciting Serie A encounter on Sunday. Let’s take a closer look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Meret(g)Malcuit, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Ghoulam(def);Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski(mid);Milik, Insigne(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Szczesny(g);De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro(def);Betancur, Pjanic, Matuidi(mid);Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic(att).
Heading into the Serie A sunday big match, both teams have already been playing several matches in both Europe and domestic competition. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWDWW
Partenopei have been doing quite well in their last five matches picking up three wins and two draws. Carlo Ancelotti’s men latest fixture was a convincing 4-0 away win over Parma, which will give them an extra boost.
Napoli have normally been playing well at home against any sides, so Juve wouldn’t scare Ancelotti’s boys. The home team are keen on ending Bianconeri’s current record in Serie A.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :DWWLW
Juve have also been picking up good results in Serie A, but their Champions League defeat against Atletico still lingers. Allegri will try to set his players focus in the league before thinking about Europe.
Just like Napoli, The Old Lady have also picked up three wins out of five in their recent fixtures. Juventus are looking to extend their lead at the top of Serie A standings even more on Sunday.
I Partenopei won’t have too much issues with injuries this weekend as only Raul Albiol and Mario Rui who are sidelined. Nikola Maksimovic will continue to partner Kalidou Koulibaly in the heart of Napoli’s defense with Albiol still injured.
In the attacking department, Napoli set to start Lorenzo Insigne along with Arkadiusz Milik. Fabian Ruiz and Piotr Zielinski will be the key men in midfield to break down their opponent’s defense.
Juventus also have some absentees this weekend, Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira are not available. Meanwhile, Douglas Costa’s condition remain doubtful as he is yet to fully recover from his thigh injury.
Paulo Dybala will most likely start along with Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo up front. In midfield, Miralem Pjanic is still Juve’s key man who can pull all the strings for Allegri’s team.
Head to Head Records:
The last five meetings between both teams have mostly gone in favor of the Turin giant as they won three, drew one and lose one.
In previous season, the last time they met at San Paolo ended with a slender 1-0 win for Juventus.
Juventus might be 13 points ahead of Napoli this weekend, but Allegri’s side won’t be lacking any hunger to win. The Bianconeri wouldn’t want to see their current unbeaten run in Serie A vanished at San Paolo.
Ancelotti’s team on the other hand will give their best to take down Allegri’s men on Sunday. A win for Napoli could further lift their confidence and finish their season in a strong fashion.
Final Score: 2-1