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Super Cup Set to be Closely Fought at the MAPEI Stadium

Juventus FC vs SSC Napoli Preview 20/01/2021

18 January 2021 | Supercoppa Italiana | Preview
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Super Cup Set to be Closely Fought at the MAPEI Stadium
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Eight-times winners of the Italian Super Cup, Juventus head into Wednesday’s final as the bookmakers’ favourites, but two-times winners Napoli beat Juve on penalties when the pair met in last season’s Coppa Italia final.

Napoli have now won the last two meetings between these two clubs, but Juventus won the three previous encounters.

Both teams have scored in four of the pair’s last five head-to-heads and over 2.5 goals have been scored in each of those four matches.

Just a point and two positions separate the two clubs in the Serie A table, which suggests that Wednesday’s final will be close and competitive. Five of Juventus’ last six outings have featured over 2.5 goals and four of those games have seen both teams score.

Each of Napoli’s last five fixtures have produced over 2.5 goals and five of their last six outings have ended with both teams finding the back of the net.

Juventus lost at the weekend against Inter Milan 2-0 but have won four of their last six matches in all competitions. Napoli thrashed Fiorentina 6-0 in Serie A last time out and have also won four of their last six matches in league and cup.

Juventus will be without Franco Israel and Paulo Dybala due to injury, while de Ligt, Cuadrado and Sandro could miss out due to isolation periods. Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz Pena and Victor Osimhem are in isolation right now and Andrea Petagna has been ruled out with a muscle injury.

Picking a winner for the Super Cup final could prove tricky as both teams head into this match in good form. Neither side have looked very strong defensively of late with just one clean sheet between them in their last 12 matches combined, so there is a chance that Wednesday’s final will be open, attacking and end-to-end.

However, there is very little between the two teams this season and if their last cup clash is anything to go by, then this final will be closely fought.

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