Napoli vs Juventus by Enzo
Napoli had an easy victory on Tuesday evening when the team visited Cesena and proved that they are one of the most in-form sides in the country with a impressive 4:1 victory. From the very start they showed their quality, taking a lead in 29th minute with a goal from Callejon, while they doubled the lead in 41st minute with a goal from Higuain.
With an own goal they took the 3:0 lead in fifteenth minute of second half, while the victory was sealed in 72nd with the second goal from in-form Higuain. Finally, hosts reduced the damage in 75th with a goal from Brienza. This was the perfect way to enter in the new year for Napoli, team that also finished the previous one in a best possible way, winning a Super Cup Finale against Juventus on penalty kicks. However, it was somehow lucky victory for them as the players of Juve were better for 120 minutes, but now the hosts want to prove that this wasn't just a lucky night for them, but also to continue their good run and approach closer in the title battle, being currently ten points away from Juventus. Left defender Faouzi Ghoulam (15/0) is out with Alegrian team at African Cup of Nations. Other left back Juan Zuniga (5/0) is injured, while sidelined for this game will also be offensive midfielder Lorenzo Insigne (12/1) who is struggling with injuries, same as forward Michu (5/0).
It could be said that Juventus is not in their perfect form after last time playing only 1:1 at home against Inter, as the team now counts only one victory in last six competitive matches. Truth to be said, they were better than players of Inter for the most of the time and somehow, could feel disappointed that they didn't obtain two more points on that night.
Tevez brought them into the lead already after five minutes, but visitors equalized with a goal from Icardi early in the repetition. From that moment on, home side completely dominated making chance after chance, but without any effectivity. They are now only one point above second placed Roma and simply have to win here, in order to maintain the lead, but also to boost their morale after several games where the players under performed a bit. Coach Massimo Allegri is likely to field up the same squad that started against Inter few days ago. Andrea Pirlo had far away from a good game last time out, so he might not play for full ninety minutes. Other than that, guests remain without left midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah (8/0) and substitute midfielder Romulo (3/0) as both of them are already long term absentees.
Both teams are coming in this game being in a really good form now. Juventus will want to make revenge for the defeat in Super Cup Finale few weeks ago. Open tactics and mostly, attacking, are expected from both sides while betting on over currently do has some value. Both teams should also score, while Napoli should prove that they are no pushovers and are currently under rated with the odds in this game.