Juventus and Napoli will light the touchpaper for what promises to be another thrilling weekend of Serie A action with a Friday evening showdown.
Having lost just once this term, Juve find themselves in second spot in the table. Nevertheless, they are on the coattails of league leaders Inter Milan, just two points adrift.
Perhaps without European football to contend with this term, Juve have had a laser-like focus on domestic matters, and they have been formidable at times. Massimiliano Allegri will, of course, be in a buoyant mood having safely stowed away the Coach of the Month award for November.
In stark contrast, Napoli’s title defence hasn’t quite gone according to plan, and they lie fifth, trailing Inter by 11 points.
While their home form has been abysmal, Napoli have been much better on the road, and they will look to dent Juve’s title challenge.
But who will prevail at the Allianz Stadium? To inject some excitement ahead of kick-off, I have weighed in with a couple of betting tips for your consideration.
Juve to lay a title marker
Inter have been irrepressible at times this term, but the Juve of old has certainly stepped up to the mark, and they feel they can last the course.
A nine-game unbeaten streak underlined by seven wins and two draws, pays testament to the work of Allegri and his staff. Admittedly, it has been strange seeing Juve on the fringes looking in over the past few seasons.
Although Timothy Weah and Mattia De Sciglio are on the treatment table, Juve has enough attacking arsenal to hurt Napoli.
While Napoli have got the better of Juve of late, winning two and drawing two of the past four Serie A encounters, Walter Mazzarri’s men were toothless against Inter on their last outing, slumping to a 3-0 defeat.
Yes, Napoli have Victor Osimhen in their ranks, but they could find it tough going against the Old Lady.
Napoli have seen the Over 2.5 goals line met in their past three games in all competitions, so this could be an absorbing encounter.
However, I fancy Juve to come out on top. I’ve leaned in towards Juve to win & BTTS which is available at a tempting 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Adrien Rabiot to prove his worth again
While Dusan Vlahovic has been lapping up the plaudits this term, and is Juve’s top scorer, it feels that Adrien Rabiot is one of the unsung heroes.
Indeed, Rabiot turned in an excellent display against Monza, and he is technically one of the most gifted players at the club.
It even led to Inter Milan legend Beppe Bergomi speaking of Rabiot in the same breath as Lautaro Martinez which is high praise in my opinion.
Anyway, Rabiot would probably like to add a few more goals to his tally, as he only has struck twice in the league this term.
To round things off, I’m going to go with the 10/1 odds proffered by William Hill for the midfielder to net in the first half which may be worth following up on.