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With Cavani reportedly unavailable for tonight's class, it makes Juventus a tasty bet.
Of course, Cavani needs little introduction following excellent seasons with Palermo before hitting form at Napoli in 2010/11. He finished 2nd in the goal-scorers' charts in Serie A with 26 of Napoli's 59 season tally (44%).
It hasn't been a great 2011/12 campaign for Napoli so far. One reason is their focus/hype on their return to Champions League football. Another is Cavani hasn't kick-started his own scoring campaign. However, when he does - as he did in his last 2 appearances against Man City and Atalanta - Napoli get results. Such is the (over)reliance on the Uruguayan striker.
Pandev will be Cavani's replacement but the former Lazio/Inter player has had little play time & yet to find the net. Moreover, he's more of an attacking midfielder in a trequartista role, not a natural #9.
While Cavani's unavailability is a key factor, Napoli's fatigue/fitness also come into the equation. This will be their 6th match in the last month, including two key Champions League matches and two matches playing with 10 men. Napoli boss Walter Mazzari warned, "For us this is our fourth consecutive game played within two days of the previous one. We got back from Bergamo at two o’clock in the morning on Sunday and yesterday we were back on the training field. This means that you are going to drop points. ”
Juventus on the other hand, have it much easier without any European distraction. Their priority is the Scudetto and they are on track after an excellent 7/4/0 (3/2/0 away) season. They have won their last 4 outings and have already taken maximum points against AC Milan, Inter & Lazio this season. Perhaps you can argue that Napoli are 2/1/0 (vs the same opposition) but the wins against the Milan clubs were back in September/early October.
What I like about Juventus is they have played with the same starting 11 in their last 3 outings. It is always a sign that a club has found a settled formation. And this is important for new coach Conte. The only setback is Marchisio is suspended tonight but the shape looks unchanged. I guess I'd take Juventus w/o Marchiso over Napoli w/o Cavani anytime - if the price is right of course.
My price: Juventus (0) $2. 00
|29/11/2011 16:24, read 2295 times