Serie A Tips: Defence To Trump Attack At The Maradona

Serie A Tips: Defence To Trump Attack At The Maradona

This weekend all eyes will be on the clash of Napoli and Juventus and Enzo has it covered along with another selection from the opposite end of the table

Napoli v Juventus

Fri 13th Jan 19:45

Friday night sees 1st place Napoli take on 2nd place Juventus. The leagues most prolific attack will face off against it’s meanest defence in a clash of styles that will make for an intriguing encounter.

After experiencing one of the clubs worst starts in decades, Massimo Allegri finally responded to Juves injury crisis and accepted that serious changes needed to be made. He ditched his preferred 4-3-3 and adopted a more conservative 3-5-1-1 formation. The result was painful to watch, but ruthlessly effective football. Juventus have now won eight league games on the trot and haven’t conceded in 822 minutes.

Napoli who were unbeaten prior to the break and looked formidable going forward suffered their first defeat of the season to Inter at the San Siro. It was also the first time that the Partenopei failed to score in 12 league outings. Spaletti’s side quickly bounced back though with a routine 2-0 victory over Sampdoria the following weekend.

This is an extremely difficult game to predict but I am leaning towards an away win. The Napoli forward line was completely nullified by the Inter defence a fortnight ago and I can see a repeat of that on Friday. Oshimhen, who has drawn criticism for disappearing when it matters, was completely anonymous and Kvaratskhelia was stifled by a back line who seemed to have cottoned on to his penchant for cutting inside. No doubt Allegri will have studied the performance and will have devised his own plan to keep the Partenopei at bay. Juventus double chance is available at 10/11 which represents excellent value but I’m going the whole hog and backing a Juventus win@ 10/3

Cremonese v Monza

Sat 14th Jan 14:00

Monza’s last gasp equaliser against Inter on Sunday may have been overshadowed by Adriano Galliani’s celebrations but it was another important step for the Brianzoli who are now cementing their position in Italy’s top flight. Monza currently sit in 15th with a nine point cushion between them and the dangerzone. It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Berlusconi and Galliani but the club is doing the most important thing for a newly promoted side which is beat the teams around them. Four of Monza’s five wins have come against the bottom six with a surprise toppling of Juventus thrown in for good measure and their form (W2 D2 L1) is only improving. On Saturday they will face bottom of the table Cremonese who have yet to pick up a victory. A Monza win 13/8 looks like a decent price for a form side that has proven itself adept at dispatching the basement boys.

Smart Bets

Napoli v Juventus: Juventus win@ 10/3

Cremonese v Monza: Monza win 13/8

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