Napoli and Juventus, bitter rivals from the Calcio's North-South divide, meet on Saturday evening when Serie A returns.
The Bianconeri come to Stadio Maradona following a humiliating defeat to promoted Empoli just before the international break, which marked the start of the post-Ronaldo era with a defeat, while their hosts have won their first two games.
Here's our preview ahead of this match.
Tip: Napoli to Win
- Napoli have won both games, scoring twice in each.
- Juventus failed to win five of six visits to the top seven last term.
- Napoli are unbeaten in 11 Serie A games, winning eight.
- The hosts have won nine of their last 12 home league games (D3).
Can Juve surprise us?
Max Allegri's huge comeback hasn't gone as planned, with the Italian champions squandering a 2-0 lead at Udinese before losing at home to Empoli. They make their return from the international break with a difficult trip to Napoli.
This season, five teams have made perfect starts in Serie A, with each of them being considered a top-four possibility. Napoli is one of those five teams, having already defeated Venezia and Genoa this season. Both games have seen the Partenopei score twice, indicating that they are a threat going forward.
Allegri hasn't won any of his last seven league games between the end of his previous term and the start of this one (D4 L3). Last season, Juve only won once in seven trips to the top seven without him (D2 L3). The Old Lady have now lost their past two trips to Naples, including a 1-0 defeat at Napoli.
Napoli has won eight of their previous eleven league games (D3) and nine of their last twelve home games (D3). As a result of Juve's dismal start, we are picking Napoli to win on Saturday evening, with a 2-1 correct score prediction.