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.

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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

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