Juventus and Napoli locks horns in the most defining game of the Italian soccer season on Feb. 13 at 2.45 p.m. EST. Juventus has been dominant in Serie A for the past 4 years, but Napoli is the team to beat this year in a game we simply don’t want you to miss. Click here for the live stream!
Napoli are one of Italy’s most well-supported teams, but for years they’ve been pretenders to the Serie A crown. But this season it’s all change, and Napoli find themselves top of the league and with a genuine chance of lifting the title. Standing in their way is a Juventus side that has won Serie A four years in a row. It’s a huge match in european soccer you won’t want to miss.
After a shaky start to the season for The Old Lady, that’s Juve’s cutesy nickname, they have steadily climbed up the table thanks to a steady defense and their inspirational goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. In fact, they have only conceded one goal in the whole of 2016. In four games this year, the opposition has failed to register a single shot at their goal — that’s how good they’ve been at the back.
But on the other hand, Napoli are the most expansive team in Italian football, and one of the biggest attacking forces in Europe. They’ve amassed 53 league goals, with 78 of those coming in all competitions played. They pose the deadly trio of Gonzalo Higuain, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon, who can score against any team.
The only thing standing in Napoli’s way could be a mental block. They have one of the worst records in head-to-head games against Juventus — in their 12 encounters home and away against their opponents they’ve lost 11. Can they change that this time round?
They have a chance because Juventus are missing some key men in defense. Central defender Giorgio Chiellini and full back Martin Caceres are both out. While Daniele Rugani is struggling with fitness too.
With Juve’s injury crisis and Napoli in full swing, this could be a more open game with plenty of opportunities and goals. The team that’s victorious would be favorites to win the Serie A trophy come the end of the season.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Napoli will be able to survive a Juventus onslaught? Or do you see The Little Donkeys shocking The Old Lady? Share your predictions here!