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Match Preview: Juventus vs Napoli

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Serie A title contenders Juventus and Napoli go head-to-head at the Allianz Stadium in the 2nd Matchday of the 2019-20 campaign.

Italian champions Juventus will host their biggest challengers for the Scudetto this season – Napoli with the game being scheduled for Saturday evening at 20:45 (CET).

The visitors, runners up in three of the last four campaigns, will be looking to make a strong statement at the Allianz Stadium and show the Bianconeri that they are finally ready to end their dominance in the domestic championship.

They opened the 2019-20 season with a thrilling 4-3 win against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.

Juventus kicked off their title defense with a narrow 1-0 win at Parma, thanks to Giorgio Chiellini’s winner. The Old Lady is going for its ninth consecutive Serie A championship.

Team news

Juve head coach Maurizio Sarri missed the game against Parma, as he is suffering from pneumonia. However, his condition has improved over the last few days and he could take his place on the touchline against his former club this weekend.

Marco Pjaca and Mattia Perin are out for the hosts through injuries, while Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt is in contention to make his official debut for the Bianconeri.

Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t have many injury concerns ahead of Napoli’s trip to Turin for the clash against the champions.

Last year’s top goalscorer Arkadiusz Milik and new signing Herving Lozano are the only injury doubts for the Gli Azzurri, with Lorenzo Insigne expected to lead their attacking line after registering two goals and two assists in the opener at Fiorentina.

Talk to the press

Juventus’ biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo talked about his first year at Juventus and his objectives for the 2019-20 campaign.

“My first year? Amazing. Special. I am happy to be here. I moved away from Real Madrid after nine years, it was a great change,” he said via the Juventus official website.

“I won three cups –Scudetto, the Italian Super Cup and UEFA Nations Cup. It was fantastic! On an individual level, I did well and as a team we did great. I am very happy and hopefully, it will be a season with more records made.

“I am proud of the team and I cannot wait for the Champions League. It won’t be easy, but I am confident. I see the beginning of the season is always tough, but it is a process. We take it one step at a time, it is always tough. I am really looking forward to it”

Stats

Juventus won both meetings with the Gli Azzurri last season, but haven’t won three consecutive Serie A games against Napoli since 1993.

However, the odds are in their favor, as the Bianconeri won seven of the last eight editions of this fixture in Turin, except the derby which Kalidou Koulibaly won for Napoli in April 2018.

Juventus spent the whole 2018-19 season without losing a league game at home, noting 15 wins and four draws.

Napoli has scored a goal in each of their last nine Serie A away games, registering six wins, two defeats and a draw in the process.

Maurizio Sarri won the Serie A Coach of the Year award for 2016-17 while in charge at Napoli. He spent the period between June 2015 and May 2018 as a manager of the Gli Azzurri.

Carlo Ancelotti is also facing one of his former sides, as he managed Juventus for two and a half years, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup back in 1999.