Serie A Picks: Juventus Winning Streak To Continue Strong When Hosting Napoli

Martin Green

Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:23 PM GMT

We decide our soccer picks for this top of the table clash that could be the defining game of the Serie A season as Napoli aim to put a halt to Juventus’ 14-game winning run.

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Free Soccer Pick: Juventus +110
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

This top of the table clash could be the defining game of the Serie A season as leaders Napoli aim to put a halt to champions Juventus’ astonishing 14-game winning run. Juventus have set a club record during this remarkable period, but if anyone can stop them it is Napoli, led by deadly striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Juventus have won the Italian league for the past four seasons, but suffered a miserable start to the 2015-16 campaign. They won just three of their first 10 games and were languishing in the bottom half of the table. The soccer odds were exceptionally long on them winning the league, but all that has since changed. After 14 wins on the bounce they are second, just two points behind Napoli, and are now odds-on favorites to win the league, best priced at -125 with Coral.

Napoli look like the only side that can stop them making it a fifth title in a row. They are also in sensational form, having won eight in a row themselves. They are in no mood to relinquish leadership of the league, and they are best priced at +125 with Sky Bet to win it. To put that into perspective, the third favorites, Fiorentina, are +10000. It really is a two-horse, and this weekend’s clash is the crucial part.

 

Game Overview
Juventus are favorites and deservedly so. They are the home side and are in the form of their lives, beating all challengers with ease. However, given Napoli’s recent form, Juventus – for the first time in a long time – are not odds-on favorites. Betfred is offering +115 on a Juventus victory, which is a fantastic price on a team that has won its last 14 league games. Then again, it could be argued that the +275 Bet365 is offering on a Napoli win is a great price for a team that has won its last eight, or that the +240 Stan James is offering on a draw is a great price when you consider that both teams are playing so well and could cancel one another out. But it could be worth sticking your neck on the line and going for Juventus in the outrights. They need to win this more. Napoli will know that they can draw this game, stay above Juventus and then their destiny is in their own hands for the rest of the season. Juventus need to beat Napoli to leapfrog them, and then they wouldn’t be reliant on anyone else’s results but their own. Juventus will show more attacking intent. They are the team to back with your soccer picks.

 

Main Picks
As a sideshow to the main attraction, a fascinating personal duel is set to play out between Argentinian strikers Higuain and Paolo Dybala. The reason Napoli are still top of the table is Higuain. He has been in deadly form, notching a remarkable 24 goals in just 24 league games. It has led many around Europe to label him the world’s best number nine at present, and he could be in for a big money move in the summer. If so, he will be desperate to end his career in Naples with a Serie A winners’ medal, and if that is to happen, he will need to stand up and be counted in this match. Dybala, who transferred to Juventus for €32 million from Palermo in the summer to replace outgoing countryman Carlos Tevez, started the season in relatively poor form. But Juventus’ turnaround in form has coincided with that of Dybala, who has netted eight in his last 11 games. Dybala starts as the favorite to score first, best priced at +500 with Bet365, BetVictor and PaddyPower. That is understandable, as Juventus are at home and are favorites for the match. But it is still leaves a great price for second-favorite Higuain, who is +550 with BetVictor and Paddy Power. You can get +190 on him to score at any time with BetVictor, which is a magnificent price for a man who has averaged precisely one goal per game this season.

In correct score betting, take a look at a 2-1 win for Juventus, where 888 Sport is offering +850.