Prematch: Juventus vs Napoli

“Our aim must be to maintain our top four status,” Allegri pledges after reaching the Europa League semifinals.

Published: April 22, 2023 05:04


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Serie A
23 Apr 20:45

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FC Juventus have already advanced to the semifinals of the Europa League thanks to having their 15-point deduction reversed, so now their eyes turn toward Napoli in hopes of sealing top four qualification. Kickoff for FC Juventus vs S.S.C Napoli begins at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Sunday April 23 at Allianz Stadium.

Juventus Look to Rebound from Recent Struggles and Secure Top Four Spot in Serie A

On Thursday evening, Juventus played out an uninspiring 1-1 tie against Sporting CP but still advanced into the UEFA Europa League semifinals with a 1-0 first leg win and will face Sevilla for their first Europa League semifinal leg on May 11. Juventus were successful in appealing their 15-point deduction and currently lie in third place with 59 points after 18W, 5D, and 7L games. “From our perspective, we always had 59 points,” Allegri noted upon hearing of its overturn. “Today marks a historic day; now is the time for Juventus to recover their footing in Serie A after so often dropping points lately, and consolidate their place among the top four,” stated Allegri. The Turin club suffered consecutive defeats against Sassuolo last weekend before suffering another surprise 1-0 loss against Genoa on Tuesday evening. Juventus are looking to leapfrog second-placed Lazio [61], who currently lie two points back. Juventus have gone 11 home matches against Napoli without being defeated [9W, 2D, 0L], however only managed one victory out of six meetings against them [1W, 1D, 4L]. With two consecutive defeats under their belts in Serie A, Juventus could record three defeats consecutively for the first time since February and March 2011. A 3–5–2 formation featuring Angel Di Maria and Dusan Vlahovic up front should feature in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash while Bremer and Moise Kean remain out injured.

Napoli Fights Hard but Falls to AC Milan in UCL Quarterfinals, Looks to Double Up on Juventus in Serie A

Napoli were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night following an 1-1 tie in their quarterfinal clash against AC Milan, falling 2-1 overall after suffering an 1-0 loss in the first leg. “Although we are disappointed to exit at the quarterfinal stage, our UCL campaign was excellent and played extremely well,” Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti acknowledged after their UCL exit. Napoli [WWLWD] were only able to secure one point against Verona last time out after playing out a goalless draw and are looking to return to winning ways this time out. With 75 points after 24 wins, 3 draws, and three defeats they currently sit atop of their domestic league table. Napoli are looking to complete a league double over Juventus for only the fourth time ever in Serie A. Expected starting lineup: Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia and Lozano should form part of an attacking trio while Matteo Politano, Mario Rui and Giovanni Simeone all are unavailable due to suspension.

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