Juventus welcome Napoli to the Allianz Stadium in an appetizing clash as both look set to resume their Serie A promotions after the winter break.
Bianconeri have won four of their last six Serie A matches to reduce the gap on Atalanta in the Champions League positions to just four points.
Meanwhile, Napoli’s title bid has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, suffering three consecutive home losses and slipping seven points behind league leader Inter.
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When is kick off? Thursday 6 January, 19:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? Allianz StadiumTV channel / livestream? BT Sport 1 (UK), Paramount + (USA)Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel, Serie A YouTube channelJudge? Simone SozzaWHERE? Massimiliano Irrati
Chiellini has tested positive for Covid-19 / Stefano Guidi / GettyImages
Allegri will be without Giorgio Chiellini, Arthur and Carlo Pinsoglio after all three tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
Leonardo Bonucci, Adrien Rabiot and Moise Kean are in a race against time to overcome serious injuries.
Juventus welcomed Weston McKennie back to the squad before the winter break, and it was revealed this week that both Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala have returned to training after injury.
You can read Juventus’ expected line-up here
Osimhen broke his cheekbone against Inter / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages
Napoli are still nagging after the loss of talisman Victor Osimhen to the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the team’s 3-2 loss to Inter in November.
Andrea Petagna, Eljif Elmas, Hirving Lozano and Kevin Malcuit are members of the Napoli party that has tested positive for Covid-19, while Mario Rui is suspended.
Luciano Spaletti was also without Lorenzo Insigne and Fabian Ruiz in the defeat against Spezia last month, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Zambo Anguissa have gone to the African Cup of Nations.
Matches between these two sides have recently been settled with a coin, where Juventus have won their last three in a row against Napoli in Turin on their way into the middle of the week.
Napoli ended their meeting in the Coppa Italia final in June 2020 on penalties, and they defeated Bianconeri in the reverse match this season already in September thanks to a late Koulibaly winner.
Juventus firar / Nicolò Campo / GettyImages
Injuries have undermined Napoli’s Scudetto puff after a promising start to the campaign, while Juventus are starting to show signs of recovery after a miserable opening a few months of the season.
The home advantage should play a significant role this mid-week and Juve will hope to make it a scary deal in midfield.
Expect a competition with low points, with Allegri’s men who can take it over.
Prediction: Juventus 1-0 Napoli
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