Serie A

How Juventus could line up versus Napoli

The biggest match of the Serie A season so far takes place this weekend as the defending champions take on the Partenopei

 
3:00pm on Saturday 3rd October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Things couldn't have gone better for Andrea Pirlo on the opening day of the 2020/21 Serie A season as Juve comfortably defeated Sampdoria 3-0.

However, he was brought back to reality slightly last weekend after seeing his side forced to twice come back from a goal down to draw 2-2 versus Roma.

If it wasn't for the efforts of one Cristiano Ronaldo, they wouldn't even have gained that point.

With questions over team selection and formation rising, it perhaps isn't an ideal time to take on a Napoli side who have been scintillating so far in the league, winning their first two matches with eight goals scored and zero conceded. In their last game, they put six past Genoa.

Juventus: Squad, FC Ratings, Matches, Formations

Matthijs de Ligt is definitely missing while he recovers from shoulder surgery while an ongoing thigh strain issue is again expected to rule out Federico Bernardeschi.

Adrien Rabiot is suspended after being sent off in Rome, which means either Rodrigo Bentancur or Arthur will come into the starting XI. Probably the former due to his tendency to sit deep in the same fashion as Rabiot.

Paulo Dybala could be set for his first start which would mean a place on the bench for Alvaro Morata.

Expect youngster Gianluca Frabotta to be reinstated to the starting line-up at left wing-back after Juan Cuadrado didn't impress out of position last week.

Should Pirlo opt for a more attacking line-up, Dejan Kulusevski could potentially drop to right wing-back at the expense of the Colombian.

Predicted Juventus XI v Napoli

JFC - Football tactics and formations

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months
Standings

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months

Most read