Cagliari – Juventus
A quick turnaround might be just what the doctor ordered for Juventus. They, like Napoli, are playing early this week, before both teams fly out to Doha to face one another in the postponed Supercoppa Italiana. After a run of three consecutive draws across all competitions, Juventus’s players will be eager to get back out onto the pitch and flush the frustration out of their systems.
Victory should come easily enough against Cagliari, who, despite boasting the attack-minded Zdenek Zeman as their manager, have failed to score in any of their last three league games. The visitors may rest some starters, with at least one of Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal expected to drop to the bench, but Massimiliano Allegri is unlikely to weaken his side to the point of putting this result in jeopardy.
Juventus to win without conceding – 2.25
Napoli – Parma
Napoli have also been underperforming of late, with just one win to show for their last six games in all competitions. But they, too, face an accommodating opponent on Thursday. Bottom of the league since September, Parma could only draw at home to Cagliari at the weekend, and have conceded 18 goals in their seven away games to date.
Rafael Benítez is likely to make several changes to Napoli’s starting XI, with Gokhan Inler and Walter Gargano expected to return to the side and Raúl Albiól suspended in defence. The Partenopei have a history of falling short against Serie A’s lesser lights under their Spanish manager, but this Parma side are weaker than most.
Napoli to win with a one-goal handicap – 1.82