Serie A: Juventus vs Napoli preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Serie A: Juventus vs Napoli preview, team news, prediction and tips
January 5
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Juventus will play hosts to Napoli in the Serie A matchday 20 on Thursday. The kick-off is at 21:45 CEST.

Preview

Despite their all but awful start to the season, Juventus are on a six-game unbeaten streak across all competitions ahead of Thursday's encounter, including a 2-0 triumph over Cagliari in their final match of 2021 on December 21. Apparently, Max Allegri's men have found their feet again but they are still only fifth in the Italian top flight standings with 34 points.

Napoli, on the contrary, have followed their phenomenal 12-match unbeaten streak, including 10 wins and two draws, at the start of the season with just four wins in eight fixtures since losing to Inter Milan 3-2 in October. What's more, Luciano Spalletti's side have only won once in their last five league meetings, including the most recent and arguably the most embarassing 1-0 loss to 17th-placed Spezia before the winter break. Therefore, the Parthenopeans have slipped down to third in the table with 39 points.

Team news

Carlo Pinsoglio, Giorgio Chiellini or Arthur have all rested positive for Covid-19 lately and will play no part for Juve on Thursday while Leonardo Bonucci is the only injury doubt in Allegri's squad. Napoli, meanwhile, will be without coronavirus-positive Eljif Elmas, Kevin Malcuit, Mario Rui and Hirving Lozano this time around as well as without Kalidou Koulibaly, Andre-Frank Anguissa and Adam Ounas due to their participation at the Africa Cup of Nations. Victor Osimhen, for his part, is out with injury.

Prediction

Just under two months ago, we would've definitely backed then-in-form Parthenopens to celebrate victory over then-underperforming Bianconeri. However, now it's Napoli who are coming into this clash as the underdogs, given all their absentees. As a result, we'd rather stick with Juve extending their unbeaten run to seven matches on Thursday to get even with Spalletti's men for a 2-1 loss in Naples earlier this season.

Tip

Juventus not to lose and total over 1.5 at 1.65 with 1XBET.


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