With Roma’s 100% start to the Serie A season recently ended after a surprising draw at Torino, all eyes will be on the weekend’s top-of-the-table clash between Juventus and Napoli to see which side can best place themselves to maintain a challenge on i Giallorossi.
Things are all but tied between the two sides, with Rafa Benitez’s visitors holding a slight advantage in the league based on goal difference alone. The last time either side lost, both came up short in their respective fixtures during the same weekend – but the fact that Roma have now dropped points for the first time this season will give both added fire in their bellies.
New Juve forward Carlos Tevez seems to be settling in nicely to life in Italy, finding the net three times in his first five games, including scoring the winner in the opening day victory over Sampdoria. Tevez’s counterpart at Napoli, meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain – who joined from Juve’s Champions League rivals Real Madrid in the summer – has found similar form, scoring five in his first nine appearances for the Blues.
Two of the best goalkeepers in the world are likely to feature as well, with Gianluigi Buffon standing guard between the sticks for Juventus while Napoli will look to Pepe Reina, on loan from Benitez’s former club Liverpool, to keep the hosts from finding the net.
For those who fancy having a bet on the weekend’s outcome, news.coral.co.uk are offering nice enough 5/6 on the Old Lady being the ones to maintain their run at the top in front of their own supporters, with a Napoli win still a fair shout at 7/2.
The odds of a draw on offer are 12/5, so there is definite profit to be made from a game featuring two sides with very similar statistics and form so far in this campaign – in other words, tempting odds on what should be a tight encounter is certainly sure to tempt more than a few to place their hard earned on this weekend’s important proceedings.
With goals certainly potentially on offer, Coral are also offering odds of 25/1 on a 3-2 Juve win – and this looks to be the best value bet on offer, despite the goalkeeping quality likely to be on display.