Napoli vs Juventus: All you need to know about this Serie A fixture
Napoli will hope to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they take on Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo on Friday night. This will arguably be the biggest clash of the season as the Partenopei welcome the reigning Scudetto champions, and right now, the hosts are looking quite comfortable whilst the visitors have had their ups and downs so far this term.
Italian Serie A 2017/18
Date: Friday, 1st December 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET / 01:00 IST (next day)
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Telecast: Sony TEN 1 & TEN HD, beIN Sports, SKY Supercalcio HD
Livestream: Sony LIV, fubo tv
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.
Up front, the 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.
The Bianconeri returned to winning ways on Sunday night against Crotone with Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia finding the back of the net in a three-goal second half that saw Juventus run away 3-0 winners.
Friday’s match against Napoli starts a crucial nine-day stretch for Juventus who travel to Athens to face Olympiakos on Tuesday needing a result to advance to the Champions League knockout round. The Bianconeri then host Inter at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 9 December in another top-three Serie A matchup.
Mario Mandzukic is unavailable after picking up an injury to the calf muscle in his left leg, while Benedikt Howedes has picked up an injury to the quadriceps muscles in his right thigh, during the course of training session. Higuain, Cuadrado and Bernardeschi are also doubtful for this match.
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina-Hysaj,Albiol,Koulibaly,Rui-Zielinski,Jorginho,Hamsik-Callejon,Mertens,Insigne
Juventus (3-4-2-1): Buffon-Barzagli,Rugani,Benatia-Alves, Matuidi,Pjanic,Alex Sandro-Dybala,Costa-Higuain
Napoli vs Juventus: Head-to-head statistics
- 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