Napoli-Juventus Match Preview/Probable Lineups

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    Italian Serie A 2017/18
    Date: Friday, 1st December 2017
    Kick-Off: 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
    Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Napoli).
    Napoli host Juventus this evening at the Stadio San Poalo in a heated matchup that will test their position at the top of the table as league leaders and inch closer to winning the scudetto. This will arguably be the biggest clash of the season as the Partenopei have a glorious opportunity to show the world that they can win league at an elite level. Welcoming the reigning Scudetto champions, Juventus have had their ups and downs so far this season, currently sitting in third place with 34 points. Maurizio Sarri’s men have played some of the most exciting football in not just Italy, but in Europe. The Partenopei have plundered a staggering 35 goals in Serie A. Napoli beat Juventus 3-2 in their last meeting, so another high-scoring fixture could be on the menu for tonight’s match. One thing to watch out for is captain Marek Hamsik who could potentially tie the leading goal scoring record at Napoli who is a goal shy of Maradona’s club-record tally of 115. Moreover, the exciting attacking trio of Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon have combined for 19 goals while the Partenopei enter Friday’s match having won three straight over Genoa, Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Napoli are currently in the midst of a 26-match Serie A unbeaten streak, the longest in Serie A. Their 38 points is the second-best start through 14 matches in the history of Serie A behind Juventus’ 39 points in the 05/06 season. At home, Napoli is averaging 2.8 goals per game and boast a 12-2-0 record overall.

    Head-to-Head Statistics
    •The all-time record through 162 matches beginning in the 1929/30 season stands at 74 Juventus wins, 36 Napoli wins and 52 draws.
    •Napoli have won 17 of their last 19 matches
    •Juventus are undefeated in 30 of their last 33 matches
    •The Old Lady scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 away matches
    •Napoli have lost only one of their last 10 Serie A matches against the Bianconeri at the San Paolo (W6 D3).
    •Napoli have lost more matches (65) and conceded more goals (209) against Juventus than any other side in Serie A

    Probable Lineups
    Napoli: Reina; Maggio, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

    Juventus: Buffon; Benatia, Howedes, Barzagli; Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Marchisio, De Sciglio; Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic

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