I don’t need to remind you of how Napoli’s visit to Turin went last season. I don’t think any of us who wear black and white jerseys on a regular basis want to be reminded of it, honestly. It was that kind of result in that kind of late-season matchup that re-ignited a Scudetto race that ended up finishing with the same team that has won the previous six atop the table.
No, a late-September meeting between Juventus and Napoli won’t have the same kind of scenarios running through our heads like the last time these two teams met.
That doesn’t mean this game isn’t important, though.
This is a big game.
It will always be a big game.
Even immediately after they got promoted together from Serie B it was a big game.
Juventus hosting Napoli, just as it was last season, is a top-of-the-table clash. Unlike Juventus’ last top-of-the-table clash when Juve saw Sassuolo roll into Turin, this has the big game feel that two of Italy’s clubs meeting on the same field should have. It’s September, but it’s Juve’s first big domestic game of the season, one that has Max Allegri thinking back to the last time the two clubs played one another.
With all of that being said, Juventus having a six-point lead over the club many people still think will be their closest competition for the Scudetto even before the month of October arrives would be quite nice.
Give it all we’ve got! #JuveNapoli #SerieATim #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/1UVIpYUQ4m— Fede Bernardeschi (@fbernardeschi) September 29, 2018
It appears that Fede is ready to go for this one. So, are you ready?
We’re soon going to find out.
When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2018
Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 6 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. noon Eastern Time; 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Perin, Pinsoglio, Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani, Bentancur, Cuadrado, Bernardeschi, Kean
Napoli starting XI (4-4-2): Ospina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Allan, Hamsik, Zielinski; Insigne, Mertens
Napoli bench: Karnezis, D’Andrea, Maksimovic, Luperto, Malcuit, Fabian, Rog, Diawara, Verdi, Milik, Ounas
HOW TO WATCH
Television: RAI Italia America (United States); RAI Italia America, TLN (Canada); Eleven Sports 2 UK (United Kingdom); Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport Serie A, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); DAZN Italy, Sky Go Italia (Italy)
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