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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Napoli

Can Juventus get back to their winning ways? Can Carlos Tévez continue scoring goals? Will Max Allegri make funny faces on the sideline? All valid questions.

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In one aspect of things, when you want to try and rebound after a disappointing result, going into the heated atmosphere otherwise known as the Stadio San Paolo isn't exactly the most ideal situation. On the other end of the equation, playing against a team like Napoli should be enough to snap you out of whatever funk you are currently in simply because you know you need to be on point.

At least you want it to — that's for sure.

We're about to find out if Juventus will stumble into category one or actually succeed for the first time in years against Napoli at the San Paolo. It's not going to be easy, because it never really is. But dealing with the San Paolo atmosphere is something Juventus has no choice in dealing with today.

No matter how Roma did earlier today, Juventus need to get back on the horse after the Derby d'Italia disappointment and play better football. Not just to remain atop the table in Serie A in the short term, but for the hopes of the second half this season. Full 90-minute efforts is more like it. That's putting it in simple terms, really.

So, go out and do what we know you're capable of doing, Juventus.

Don't make us rage — even though you've been pretty good at that lately.

There might not be any sweeter sound against Napoli than a dead silent San Paolo. Go out and do that, please.

Startling lineups for both Juventus and Napoli will be posted as soon as they are announced. Maybe Max Allegri will surprise us with somebody or something to talk about. Or the starting XI will be the same and then we can complain about no changes being made after such a terrible second half against Inter. Either way, fun awaits! (Hopefully.)


Juventus (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba; Vidal; Tevez, Llorente

Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Lichtsteiner, Ogbonna, Pepe, Padoin, Vitale, Pereyra, Mattiello, Morata, Coman, Giovinco

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Rafael; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Britos; David Lopez, Gargano; Callejon, Hamsik, De Guzman; Higuain