One of the most interesting games this Saturday will be the Serie A derby between Napoli and Juventus. Whenever these two sides meet, the fans have a chance to see a spectacle. The score between them is pretty much even in recent times, which comes as a refreshment following a long period of Juve’s dominance in head-to-head encounters. The Old Lady is without Cristiano Ronaldo now, and this is the first big test for them. On the other side, Napoli started the championship very well, and for them too, this is the first big obstacle that might determine a lot.
Napoli (+140) after quite a while, we see Partenopei coming in as favorites against Juventus. The odds are clearly suggesting that the bookmakers believe Juve hasn’t recovered from Ronaldo’s departure.
On the other side, everything is going rather well for the hosts, who opened the season with two wins, one against Venezia and the other in Genoa, with a combined goal difference of 4-1. In both matches, Napoli scored two goals.
Overall, the team from Naples played efficient matches lately, with five of the latest six ending with over 2.5 goals. On top of that, only one in the previous six ended without both teams netting.
Juventus (+180) is in a state of shock. The fortunate thing for the Old Lady is the fact that Ronaldo left before the international break that gave the players and the staff some time to adapt to the new circumstances.
Can you believe that Juve allowed at least one goal in the past 22 matches, including the preseason? It is something quite unbelievable, having in mind their fantastic defense. But that is the case, Juve conceded in the previous 22 events.
Keeping in mind that they score a lot, seeing nine of the most recent ten games going over 2.5 goals is nothing new. Eight of them were with hits on both ends. One of them was a loss at home to Empoli, 0-1, just before the pause.
Stanislav Lobotka picked up an injury playing for Slovakia against Cyprus and he won’t play for Partenopei on Saturday. Alex Meret is out as well, Piotr Zielinski. Osimhen is suspended because of a red card, while Lorenzo Insigne and Cioffi should be in the protocol.
On the other side, Aaron Ramsey isn’t available, Caviglia too, as well as the young Brazilian who arrived recently from Santos, Kai Jorge. The important thing for the Old Lady is Federico Chiesa’s status. The young forward is having some troubles with his muscle injury and he is questionable for this game.
Head to Head Games
The H2H record in the past five games is even, two wins, two losses and one draw. Juve won the last game, 2-1, while Napoli triumphed at San Paolo in the most recent meeting in Naples, 1-0.
If, but only, if Chiesa plays, this match is 100% both teams to score. The youngster is fantastic upfront, and he is soon to become a world-class player. We tend to believe that this match should see at least three goals even if he isn’t available, because that is the way these units play lately. The odds on that are -105.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -105
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