Maurizio Sarri makes his return to the Stadio San Paolo for the first time since leaving when he brings his Juventus side to Napoli on Sunday night.
Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Hysaj, Manolas, Di Lorenzo, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski; Callejon, Milik, Insigne.
Unavailable: Koulibaly, Mertens, Maksimovic, Malcuit, Ghoulam.
Juventus (4-3-1-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Ramsey; Dybala, Ronaldo.
Unavailable: De Sciglio, Chiellini, Khedira, Demiral; Danilo.
– Juventus have won their last three Serie A games against Napoli: the last time the Bianconeri recorded at least four wins in a row against the Azzurri in the competition dates back to December 1993 (five).
– Napoli have won only one of their last eight league games against Juventus (D1 L6), 1-0 in April 2018 under Maurizio Sarri. In six of these matches, the Bianconeri have been in first place in the table at the start of the matchday.
– Napoli have lost four Serie A home games in a row for the first time since 1998: the Azzurri have never lost five consecutive home games in the competition.
– Juventus are the only team in the top five European leagues to have gained at least 50 points after 20 games played in each of the last three seasons.
– Since the arrival of Gennaro Gattuso at Napoli last December, they have recorded the lowest shot conversion rate in the league (4.3%) – Juventus are first in this ranking in the same period (16.9%).
– Juventus (332) and Napoli (326) are the two teams with the highest average passes in the opposition half per game in Serie A this season.
– Maurizio Sarri is the coach with the best points average with a single team in the three points era in Serie A (2.55, with Juventus); in addition, the current Juventus coach has the best average with Napoli during the same period (2.27).
– Arkadiusz Milik is the only Napoli player to manage more than five goals in the league this season (seven): the last time Napoli had just a single player with 5+ goals after the first 20 league games in Serie A was back in 2000/01 (Nicola Amoruso).
– Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo could score in eight consecutive games for the fourth time since his debut in the top five European leagues (2003/04), becoming the first player to reach this milestone in the period (Lionel Messi also reached three 8+ games with goals in a row).
– Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny has a better difference between Expected Goals conceded (18.1) and goals conceded (12) than any other ‘keeper in Serie A 2019/20 (6.1).