by Sam Cox

Apr 62021 10:05 am PDT

After losing the title race, Juventus face the shocking possibility of missing out on a place in the top four Tied on points with fifth-placed Napoli, the old lady hosts club Napoli on Wednesday April 7 C ‘ is a crucial match in the battle for a place in the Champions League

On a four-game winning streak, form guide points to away win Juventus also lost to Napoli when the teams met in February It would be a mistake to cancel the 36-time champions of Italy, especially after Napoli conceded three goals at the bottom of the Crotone table this weekend

Merih Demiral and Leonardo Bonucci remain unavailable for Juventus The center-back duo tested positive for COVID-19 during the international break, which means that Andrea Pirlo will remain with Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt at the heart of defense Federico Bernardeschi has also tested positive and is absent for this one

Pirlo left Weston McKinnie, Paulo Dybala and Arthur out of the squad this weekend after the three were involved in a party last week This punishment may have helped Juve drop points in the Turin derby, but Pirlo brought them back to the squad ahead of that crucial midweek clash McKennie and Dybala could be in line for a departure

After two #UCL finals in 3 seasons, Juventus sacked Allegri, then Sarri, to finish with Pirlo Cristiano Ronaldo was signed to end the UCL drought Now Juvent face the very prospect to completely miss #UCL next season What was the plan?

As Juventus juggle their side amid absences, Napoli have more positive issues Gennaro Gattuso is spoiled for choice in the final third with Victor Osimhen in form Kalidou Koulibaly’s return from suspension is Also a huge boost Napoli are Serie A’s third top scorer this season, and it will be interesting to see what mix of attacking talent Gattuso opts for

Juventus are used to being allowed to have the ball They were 71% in possession of the ball in their draw against Torino Although they created enough chances to win the game, the Juventus defense was still exposed in counter-attacking situations. This is of particular concern against Napoli, who will not allow Juventus to control the game through slow possession

Napoli are among Serie A leaders in late third-third pressure Only six teams have better success rates under pressure Gattuso demands toughness from his players, which can force opponents to make rash decisions Napoli have created 25 shots of defensive actions, which leads Serie A

Juventus have passed the ball far more than any other team This did not result in passing in the last third or touches in the opponent’s area, however Their passing has too often been ineffective, and falling into this Low-paced passing football is a recipe for trouble against Napoli, who possesses a fierce pace to expose defense in any transition

📊 Dries #Mertens has made 350 appearances for #Napoli in all competitions, placing him sixth in the club’s all-time appearances table

The Belgian has appeared 255 times for the Azzurri at @SerieA_EN – tied with Jose Callejon for seventh imageTwittercom / BQ0WXTjOOK

Gli Azzurri only needed 38% possession and eight shots to beat Juventus in February Defense will still concede chances even with Koulibaly’s return, but Gattuso will have confidence in his offense to deliver

Juventus have won seven of the eight home games against Napoli, but with Pirlo’s side struggling and Napoli on a four-game winning streak, these previous results don’t tell us much about Wednesday’s game

Reputation clearly has an impact on those odds This Juventus side still look superior on paper Their home record for the season is solid despite losing to Benevento last time around

Napoli are playing with confidence, however The attack is among the most dangerous in Europe right now, and they have what it takes to get the upper hand in the competition for the fourth Supporting the moneyline is good value -priced, but taking the double chance at -117 is also a good option

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Sam Cox is a freelance writer and sports junkie who has spent the last few years immersed in the online gaming industry He has worked with 888sport, Oddschecker and Colossus Bets to name a few UK-based Sam also runs Franchise Sports with his brother

Sam Cox is a freelance writer and sports junkie who has spent the last few years immersed in the online gaming industry He has worked with 888sport, Oddschecker and Colossus Bets to name a few UK-based Sam also runs Franchise Sports with his brother

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