In a blockbuster clash in Serie A this weekend, Juventus play host to Napoli, with each team adamant to show their title credentials early in the season.
Juve are under the new manager Maurizio Sarri, who missed the last week’s clash against Parma with pneumonia. So in a sense, Sarri is yet to make his competitive debut on the touchline for Juventus.
But the football media personalities and pundits were not at all happy from Juve’s first-day show, with some of them saying that the performance mirrored Sarri’s philosophy – too much passing, with no incision.
Carlo Ancelotti will hope to run Juven closer for the 2nd straight season, albeit for a longer time, or possibly ending the Old Lady’s dominance of Serie A.
The Serie A match will be played between Juventus and Napoli at Juventus Stadium, in Turin, Italy. The ground has a capacity of 41,507.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Sunday, September 01.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Juventus – L L W L W W
Napoli – D W W L L W
Juventus Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Juventus Probable XI:
Szczesny (GK), De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro, Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi, Costa, Ronaldo, Dybala
Napoli FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Napoli Probable XI:
Meret (GK), Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui, Callejon, Zielinksi, Allan, Insigne, Ruiz, Mertens
Potential Game Changers:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Cristiano Ronaldo: At the top of his game and ruling the world of football for the last 15 years or so. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is an age-defying athlete who can win the game on his own, week in and week out.
Paulo Dybala: Higuain’s return from Chelsea, Mandzukic’s decision to stay and Federico Bernardeschi’s rise, means Dybala has no room for inconsistency this season. But what is beyond doubt is Dybala’s talent. He is somebody who can come up with a moment of magic.
Dries Mertens: Scored a screamer in the last game. More than capable of emulating that display here against the defending champions.
Lorenzo Insigne: Napoli’s captain fantastic. Arguably their most talented player.
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JUV vs NAP Dream11 potential winner:
Napoli should at least get a draw here.