Italian Serie A match preview and prediction – Juventus vs Napoli. Sunday Octpber 4, 2020 at 7.45pm BST time at Juventus Stadium.
Juventus face their toughest test yet, hosting a Napoli side coming off two thumping victories, but with the shadow of COVID-19 hanging over them.
The Bianconeri already dropped their first points under Andrea Pirlo, clawing back a 2-2 draw away to Roma after Adrien Rabiot saw red for a second bookable offence. He is therefore suspended, likely replaced with Arthur Melo’s first start and the return of Gianluca Frabotta on the left.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side have been mentioned as potential Scudetto contenders after railroading Parma and Genoa with eight goals and no reply. However, the 6-0 victory could prove costly, as Genoa announced half the squad had contracted COVID-19 the day after that match, including numerous players who were on the field at the Stadio San Paolo.
Even if the virus has not spread to Napoli, the extra quarantine procedures, more swabs and tension of the situation has dominated the build-up to this fixture. With Lorenzo Insigne injured, it’s also either Eljif Elmas or Matteo Politano who will take his place, a return to the 4-3-3 far more likely than the more unbalanced 4-2-3-1 formation.
Form Guide: Juventus (D W -) Napoli (W W -)
Juventus (3-4-1-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Arthur, Frabotta; Ramsey; Kulusevski, Ronaldo
Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Mertens
Juventus 2-0 Napoli
Credit: Football Italia