All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo when Napoli and Juventus clash to each other in the round 21 derby on Stadio San Paolo.
The Bianconeri recorded a significant win over Parma in their last league match, with Cristiano Ronaldo adding two more goals to his account. Ronaldo is likely to pose a considerable threat to the opposition defenders. CR7 is very close to breaking Pele’s record – 757 goals throughout the whole career. Cristiano has already scored 719 goals and needs 38 more to achieve this target.
Napoli head into the match following a 2-0 home loss to Fiorentina, which means that the lack of confidence could create a big problem for Genaro Gattuso’s troops. Key defender Kalidou Koulibaly remains on the sidelines for the hosts In their last meeting at Stadio San Paolo Juve defeated Napoli 2-1.
Napoli are suffering their worst Serie A (SA) campaign since 2007/08 after 20 rounds (W6, D6, L8), losing four of their last five top-flight fixtures (W1). Yet two competitive wins ‘to nil’ across their previous three outings (L1) will give home fans some hope. Still, Napoli have lost four of the last five H2Hs, conceding nine goals across the last three.
At home, Napoli have failed to win in their last six SA matches, losing four in a row and conceding at least twice in each of those losses. The fact the ‘Partenopei’ have scored only 39.29% of their league goals here (11 of 28) hardly helps, neither does the league-high 15 times they’ve hit the woodwork (all venues).
Juventus have won five straight SA matches, with both teams finding the net in four. Expectations of a tight affair are high here, as a one-goal margin has decided four of the last five H2Hs.
The ‘Bianconeri’ have won 70% of their SA away matches (W7, D2, L1) with six of those wins arriving by a single-goal margin. Juventus have opened the scoring in 16 league matches this season (80%), doing so seven times on the road and are yet to trail at the break in any game.
Stats and Players to watch
Napoli: Arkadiusz Milik has scored eight of his ten competitive goals this season at home, with six arriving before half-time.
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo (JUV) is on fire, netting in seven consecutive League matches (11 goals during that run), including a brace last time out.
Napoli have won the ‘race to three corners’ in a joint-league high nine matches this SA season, while Juventus have done so in only one away fixture.
Napoli’s last four competitive matches have seen only one team score (W2, D2) while Juventus have found the net in 17 consecutive SA matches.