Juventus are set to take on Napoli in the Coppa Italia semifinal 1st leg on Tuesday night, 28th February 2017 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Its a massive game and both teams will be hoping to get a good result in first leg. Juventus has already beaten Napoli once earlier in the season back in November thanks to 2-1 win in Turin and they will go into the game slight favourites. The game kicks off at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time and beIN Sports will have live coverage around the world.
Match Highlights (English)
Juventus vs Napoli will be the massive game not only in Italy but whole europe this weekend, it is widely hailed as the title decider and of course there is Gonzalo Higuain storyline who return to play against the team he was part of in last few years. Napoli has been pretty solid away from home but they come up against lean mean winning mechine of Juventus who has a perfect record at home.
Team News & Lineups: Mario Mandzukic is set to start alongside Gonzalo Higuain with a packed midfield of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio. While Alex Sandro and Dani Alves to start in advance full back positions with three man defense of Leonardo Bonucci, Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.
Napoli on the other hand will be looking to use the pace of their front three in Jose Callejon. Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne. While Marek Hamsik, Allen and Jorginho to start in midfield. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Predictions: Juventus has started the season with 100% record at home in the opening 5 league games but they have been underwhelming against the bigger sides and Napoli will be aware of that. Napoli posses a very strong and agile front trio will will test aged Juventus defense but I just think playing at home Juventus should have enough about them to get something out of this game.
Preview Match Review: Juventus continue their superb record breaking winning run as they defeated Napoli to go top of the table for the first time this season. Simone Zaza came on as a sun to score the only goal of the game which takes Juventus 1 point above Napoli in the first place with 13 games to play.
This was the 15th straight win for Juventus in the league which takes them top of the table. After a slow start to the season Juventus picked up pace in October and now are on the verge of history having won 15 games in a row.
Napoli who lead the league for last few weeks will feel title is slipping away from there hands as it does not look like Juventus are going to lose games anytime soon.
Juventus 2-1 FC Barcelona Highlights
[ Italian Serie A 2016-17 Match ]
50′ 1 – 0 Leonardo Bonucci scores with a nicely taken volley just after the break to put Juventus 1-0 in lead against Napoli.
54′ 1 – 1 Jose Maria Callejon equalized for Napoli minutes later to make things interesting.
71′ 2 – 1 Gonzalo Higuain scored in 71st minute to seal all three points for Juventus.