With the leadership of the Italian Championship in play, Napoli receives on Friday, December 1, the sixth champion Juventus. The game opens the schedule for the fifteenth round of the 2017/2018 Serie A. The game will be played at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, scheduled for 17:45.
The recent performance of Napoli
The Neapolitans are unbeaten in the tournament. They reached 38 points (12 wins and two draws) from the 42 played. They showed, above all, the maturation of a tactical system based on possession of offensive ball that had presented very good results in the previous seasons, although it has not yet yielded a trophy.
He has become more efficient even in the one that was pointed out the biggest deficiency of the team: the defense. Napoli, with nine goals conceded, was the team that suffered the least goals in the Italian Championship after 14 days.
Even the Internazionale, second placed with 36 points and a much more conservative strategy, was leaked ten times. The attack, however, continues to function effectively. Napoli celebrated 35 goals. It is not the best attack, since Juventus has shaken the net of rivals in 40 opportunities, but shows the great advantage in the comparison with Inter, who scored 28 times.
The Milan team was the only one not to be beaten at San Paolo. In six home games, Napoli had five wins and a draw scoring 17 goals and conceding only three.
For the classic this Friday, coach Maurizio Sarri will have two casualties. One is long-term. Polish striker Arkadiusk Milik (three matches in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, one goal), who suffered another serious knee injury and has no scheduled date of return.
Another is in the rear. Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam (11 matches, two goals) also suffered a knee injury, albeit less serious. However, he can not play in the last four matches and according to Italian news reports he will not be released in time to face Turin’s alvinegro.
The current form of Juventus
Juve was able to show in all its latest achievements a great consistency, balancing an effective attack and a solid defense. This early season has been an exception.
Offensive production has even been higher than expected. The defense, however, can not repeat the same numbers from previous seasons. It was leaked 14 times. This is not, of course, a hopeless situation. But the drop in productivity was enough to make Alvinegro third with 34 points (11 wins, one draw and two losses). So even if you win on Friday you will not be able to pick up the tip. It will only open the possibility of the Internazionale, who receives the Chievo, on Sunday, beating the Neapolitans.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri will most likely also have to deal with two embezzles. In the medical department are experienced defender Giorgio Chiellini (ten matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship without a goal) and Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado (11 matches, three goals). Both are absolute holders.
Not yet officially vetoed, but they depend on new exams to see if they will have game conditions. Chiellini was out of the last two games due to a thigh injury. Cuadrado did not act in the victory, by 3 0, before the Crotone, in 26 of November, for being with groin pains.
History of the bouts between Napoli and Juventus
The classic had four previous season editions. For the Italian Championship, Juve won 2-1 at home and drew 1-1 at Naples. The two other games were worth the Italian Cup and Torino’s once again took the best by winning in their domains by 3 to 1 and advancing even though the defeat by 3 to 2 in the opponent’s stadium.
A team capable of giving more spectacle, but irregular. This was a description often used for Napoli. The team has matured and is much more consistent. Just like it was Juventus, now much more unpredictable. Technically, there is quality from both sides. However, the home factor ends up making the Neapolitans the best choice. They are priced at 2.05 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.50, same value for success of Juve.