Juventus v Napoli Betting Tips
For 3 of the past 4 years, the battle at the top of Serie A has been between Juventus and Napoli. Both sides have dominated Italian football and although Juventus have always had the upper edge, Napoli has been the side that has been closest to toppling them at the top of the table. This season, the two sides meet early on in the year with Juventus experiencing a huge summer of change. Long standing manager Massimiliano Allegri finally left, only to be replaced by ex-Napoli coach Mauricio Sarri. Sarri signed Matias De Ligt, Merih Demiral and Adrien Rabiot to long term deals, as well as fuelling speculation about the exit of Paolo Dybala, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic. For Napoli, they have mostly kept the same squad that finished 2nd last season, as they look to build on Carlo Ancelotti’s first year in charge.
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How did Juventus start the season?
In a word - unconvincingly. With new manager Mauricio Sarri missing from the touchline, Juventus laboured to a 1-0 win away at Parma. Despite boasting an attacking lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuian and Douglas Costa, it was Georgio Chiellini who emerged as an unlikely hero. The veteran centre half deflected in Alex Sandro’s long range shot to score only his second goal in 4 years. Juventus continued to press but Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the ball without really doing anything with it. Ronaldo did have a first half strike disallowed, but apart from that, he seemed to be trying too hard to open his account for the season. Obviously Ronaldo is still amongst the best players in the world, and if he continues to dominate Juventus’ attacking play against Napoli, you would expect him to grab a goal.
How did Napoli start the season?
Napoli might have just played in their most exciting game of the season as a Lorenzo Insigne double gave them a 4-3 win over Fiorentina. Napoli fell behind early on as Pietr Zielenski conceded a penalty on 9 minutes, which was duly dispatched by Erick Pulgar. A goal a piece from Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead at the break as both sides looked intent on attacking play. Fiorentina equalised 5 minutes into the second half through Nikola Milenkovic, before Jose Callejon restored Napoli’s lead on 56 minutes. Making his debut in Florence, Kevin Prince Boateng scored arguably the goal of the match to make it 3-3 on 65 minutes. But again, Napoli took the lead just 2 minutes later as Insigne put his stamp on the match. That was to be the last action of the match, even with 20 minutes remaining. Carlo Ancelotti’s side clearly have attacking talent at their disposal but might be worried about their defence as they head to Turin this weekend. If we can expect anything in the match, we can expect goals.
Where’s The Value Bet
Italian football typically has a reputation as a boring league with very defensive football, but the last few years have proved that that is an outdated way of thinking. Although goals continue to flow around Serie A, games between the top 2 can still remain very tight. 1-0’s aren’t too rare between Juventus and Napoli in recent years, but that doesn’t mean we need to bet on the under markets this weekend. In their last 10 matches, Juventus and Napoli have shared an average of 2.6 goals. So if we are looking at the goals scored market, over 2.5 at EVS looks a good price.
How To Watch Juventus v Napoli
Juventus v Napoli will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 in the UK from 7:45 on Saturday 31st August.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will be wanting to prove a point that they are still the top dogs in Serie A. I expect a pretty dominant performance and for the Old Lady to come away with all 3 points.
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