Seeking A Win
The last time Napoli won a competitive fixture was on January 24 when they defeated Livorno 2-0 away from home. Since then Walter Mazzarri’s side have drawn five of their eight matches and have lost the remaining three.
At the weekend the Neapolitans held Milan to a 1-1 draw at San Siro and performed admirably well in the first half. That point gained in Milan lifted Napoli to seventh in the table to 42 points, five points off a Champions League spot.
However, the last time Napoli played at home, they lost – 3-1 to Fiorentina. It was their first defeat at home in the league this season and it will be interesting to see how Mazzarri’s side perform at the Stadio San Paolo on Thursday evening.
Stopping The Rot
Juventus appeared to have regrouped themselves underAlberto Zaccheroni when they started climbing up theSerie A table and reached fourth spot. But two defeats in a row last week have turned their season upside down again. The loss to Fulham knocked them out of the Europa League and then Sampdoria defeated them on Sunday night in Serie A.
At the moment the Bianconeri are sixth in the league table with 45 points from 29 matches. Juve are in a Europa League position at the moment and are just two points off a Champions League spot, but their current form and weak defence suggest that they will find it tough to fend off the challenge of Palermo and Sampdoria for the final Champions League place.
However, Juventus have looked good on their travels in the league as they have won seven times away from home in Serie A this campaign.
March 21 v Milan (A) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)
March 13 v Fiorentina (H) – LOST 3-1 (Serie A)
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Grava; Maggio, Gargano, Pazienza, Zuniga; Hamsik, Quagliarella; Lavezzi
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Manninger, Zebina, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso; Felipe Melo, Marchisio; Camoranesi, Diego, Candreva; Trezeguet
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Napoli 3-2 Juventus