Serie A Preview | Napoli vs. Juventus: Kean set for Old Lady comeback

by | Sep 9, 2021 20:15

Napoli have Victor Osimhen available when Juventus arrive at the Stadio Diego Maradona without Federico Chiesa, who has been ruled out of Saturday’s clash.

The Partenopei have good news regarding Poland international Piotr Zielinski’s conditions ahead of the big game, but Luciano Spalletti could have to give Andre Zambo Anguissa his debut in the middle.

Victor Osimhen’s two-match ban had been reduced to one game and the Nigerian attacker is expected to start up front, as Dries Mertens has returned to training.

Juventus, however, could arrive without a host of key players, but Argentina international Paulo Dybala wants to play, according to reports in Italian media.

Moise Kean could make his comeback in the Bianconeri shirt on Saturday, expected to start up front next to Alvaro Morata.

Dejan Kulusevski could take place at right, as the Old Lady has confirmed Chiesa will stay in Turin, whilst Mattia De Sciglio could be back at left-back, as the South Americans are racing against the clock to be ready for the battle in Naples.

Stat fact: Luciano Spalletti and Max Allegri meet for the first time since the 1-1 draw between Inter and Juve in April 2019.

Probable line-ups

Napoli (4-3-3): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Anguissa, Elmas; Politano, Osimhen, Insigne

Suspended: none

Injured: Demme, Zielinski (in doubt), Ghoulam, Mertens, Meret

On a yellow card: none

Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Kulusevski, Locatelli, Rabiot, Bernardeschi; Morata, Kean

Suspended: none

Injured: Arthur, Kaio Jorge, Ramsey, Chiesa

On a yellow card: none

2 Comments

  1. Chris

    Without Dybala, Bonucci, Chiesa and Bentancur, that Juventus team really doesn’t look too scary . Us Juve fans can only pray that Locatelli and Kean produce some magic, because I know what Bernadeschi and Rabiot will do- not very much!

  2. EL CID

    Chris, I have different opinion on this “mediocre” Juve. I think this Juve will surprise all the critics and haters because 4 important things: 1. Ronaldo is gone, 2. Allegri is a winner coach, 3. Juve squad is young and they are likely “easy to manage” players, 4. They can play their games with ease and calmness because at the moment, all eyes are on Inter and Milan to win scudetto.

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