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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Juventus to make class count in Serie A showdown with Napoli

Cristiano Ronaldo has improved the champions

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first Juventus goal against Sassuolo
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Serie A  
Eleven Sports 1, 5pm Saturday
(live coverage starts at 5.15pm)

Juventus and Napoli played out a titanic title battle in Serie A last season with the Old Lady triumphing and the Turin team can show they remain the side to beat at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve have made a perfect start to the campaign, both domestically and in Europe, where they shrugged off the first-half dismissal of Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably win at Valencia in the Champions League.

Ronaldo in the attacking third and the returning Leonardo Bonucci at the heart of the defence have improved Juventus this season to such an extent that the four-point supremacy between the rivals should be extended by May.


Juve have won 12 of their last 13 home matches - the exception was against Napoli - but the big question is whether Carlo Ancelotti, on his return to Turin, can lead the visitors in similar fashion to their former boss Maurizio Sarri.

Napoli were stuffed 3-0 at Sampdoria but have otherwise recorded some decent wins, beating Lazio and Milan. However, they had to come from behind in those contests and there may be no way back for them if Juve get in front.

1pt 17-20 Hills

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Juve have won 12 of their last 13 home matches
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