Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
It’s a huge week for Italian football, especially with the Rome derby coming up. However, one fixture arguably looms larger than Italy’s fiercest derby. Juventus head to Napoli in Sunday’s late game – a match which puts the champions’ unbeaten run under threat. After a tough month that has ended Juve’s treble hopes and put them on the backfoot in the Champions League, they could suffer another blow.
Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to end Juve’s unbeaten run. There’s little love lost between him and the Old Lady. With no title race, this is likely to be the biggest game of the Serie A campaign. Ahead of this huge clash, we’re looking at the latest betting odds, tips and special markets that you can take advantage of.
Napoli vs Juventus Match Betting
For the first time this season, Juventus are outsiders in Serie A. They’ve stormed through games so far, winning 22 of their 25 matches. Their record has been brilliant, but it’s under threat. They’re coming up against a Napoli side who have gone unbeaten at home this term, winning 10 times. While they seemed a little undercooked in their 3-1 loss in Turin, the Partenopei are going to be a much tougher nut to crack.
The hosts have hit 28 goals in just 13 home games in Serie A, while they’ve hit another nine in five games in other competitions. They’ve kept their free-flowing, attacking style under Ancelotti, and that’s set to give Juve a scare in this clash. They’re set to start this one with Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne in attack, which should see them go at the Juve defence.
No one has prevented Juventus from scoring in Serie A this season. We don’t see them coming up short here, and that’s why we’ve picked both teams to score out as our main betting tip on Sunday night’s biggest game. We’ve also included BTTS in our latest Serie A accumulator.
Napoli vs Juventus Anytime Scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious favourite in the scoring market. There are doubts over the forward, who could sit out in this clash after carrying an injury in training this week. Regardless, the Portuguese is likely to be tightly marked in this clash, so we think it might be worthwhile looking elsewhere.
The Partenopei come into this clash with Arkadiusz Milik as their in-form forward. The striker has bagged six goals across his last seven matches in all competitions, and he’s revelling as part of a front two for the hosts. Despite that form, he can be found at 15/8 with Coral to score anytime this weekend, and he’s got to be worth considering to find the net in this huge clash. We expect a big display from the Napoli forward line, and the Polish striker will be a key part of that.
Can Napoli Win?
The Partenopei are favourites for this one, although the bookies are suggesting it’s going to be an open game. At one stage this season, Juventus looked untouchable as they kicked off with a string of victories, and progressed in the Champions League. Their annual winter-wobble has come a little late this year, with the club taking a hit in two of their three trophy bids.
Juventus were put out of the Coppa Italia in a 3-0 hammering at Atalanta. That was the low-point of their season until a 2-0 loss at Atletico Madrid has left their Champions League hopes in tatters. The second leg of that contest is coming up this month, and that might pull focus away from this game – given that the title is practically won. This seems to be the perfect time for Napoli to meet the champions, which is why we’ve gone for a 2-1 victory for Ancelotti’s side, as we see them ending what has been a brilliant start by Juve.
Napoli vs Juventus Betting Specials
Given that this is a big clash, it’s worth considering this encounter for a same game multi bet, which combines a few bets on a match to essentially give you an accumulator for a single game. The sole Serie A game on Sunday night is perfect for that. You can use the likes of Milik anytime or both teams to score as bets for your same game multi, but there are a few more options.
Card markets are always popular for same game multis, and Betfair are offering 7/5 on a card to be shown to Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan midfielder has emerged as a real midfield enforcer, which should earn him a start in a game like this. He’s going to be marshalling the pacey Napoli forwards from defensive midfield, in what will be his 16th start of the season. He’s got seven yellow cards to his name in Serie A, and he’s a contender to be booked in this one.
Another market to go down here is corners. The pair have averaged seven corners per game in the league, with Napoli seeing eight per home match. Despite those averages, Betfair are offering 8/5 on over 11.5 corners, which is another decent selection which could boost your bet. Altogether, you can get 27/1 on 12 or more corners, Bentancur to be booked, both teams to score and Milik to get a goal. That’s great value considering it lines up with the statistics ahead of this game.
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