How Juve respond to going a goal down will be a real test now. They have more than enough star quality to pull this one back but Napoli will be floating on cloud nine with that score.
9 minsminute by minute
Ronaldo! The ex-Real Madrid man launches a towering show that Ospina does well to deflect, headed for the top left corner. Better from the hosts.
10 minsminute by minute
Callejon’s assist was a lovely pass there. He could have gone for goal himself but his unselfish decision has helped his side take the advantage.
10 minsminute by minute
MERTENS GIVES NAPOLI THE LEAD! 1-0! It’s a dream start for the visitors as they go a goal up inside the opening 15 minutes. A lovely throughball is served up on a platter for Callejon on the right of the Juve box, and he squares across to his teammate to clip in behind Szczesny at the left post.
8 minsminute by minute
The early momentum is with Napoli, but Juve snake their way downfield and apply some pressure now through Mandzukic and Ronaldo.
6 minsminute by minute
Off the post from Zielinski! The Napoli man hits the right side of the woodwork with a low, left-footed effort that beats Szczesny. There was a matter of inches in that shot.
4 minsminute by minute
Both teams exchange passes in midfield as they look to test the other out. Chiellini seeks Ronaldo with a long pass but it falls short to Koulibaly instead.
2 minsminute by minute
Zielinski leads the first attack for the visitors and looks to ship a cross in from the left wing. It takes a deflection off Bonucci and Juve are happy to clear it away from their box.
1 minsminute by minute
We are underway in this Serie A clash between Juventus and Napoli!
The teams are emerging at the Allianz Stadium and we are moments away from kick-off.
Juventus and Napoli have scored the joint-most goals in the second half in Serie A this season, with 8 apiece.
Juventus have won all six games of this Serie A campaign – they’ve managed to win their first seven matches of a campaign on four previous occasions, last doing so in 2005-06.
Juventus, quite remarkably, have only lost twice at home across their last 59 games in Serie A – and Napoli, with their 1-0 victory in April, are the most recent to manage the feat. Only Lazio can hold a similar distinction, having won 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in October 2017.
Subs: Kevin Malcuit, Sebastiano Luperto, Fabian Ruiz, Marko Rog, Adam Ounas, Nikola Maksimovic, Amadou Diawara, Arkadiusz Milik, Orestis Karnezis, Alessandro D’Andrea, Simone Verdi.
NAPOLI (4-4-2): David Ospina; Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui, Elseid Hysaj; Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Allan, Piotr Zielinski; Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne.
Subs: Medhi Benatia, Federico Bernardeschi, Moise Kean, Daniele Rugani, Andrea Barzagli, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mattia Perin, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio.
JUVENTUS (4-3-1-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Alex Sandro, Joao Cancelo, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci; Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Emre Can; Paulo Dybala; Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Team news now…
The pair finished as victors and runners-up respectively last term and have repeated the dynamic so far this campaign; the hosts sit undefeated at the top of the table with their visitors a win beneath them. Both will be desperate for three vital points that could shape the title race in the months to come – but who will come up with the goods today?
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018-19 Serie A season as Juventus host Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in a mouthwatering first-versus-second encounter.
Napoli team news
Juventus team news
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has demanded his Serie A champions raise their level of performance against Napoli at Allianz Stadium.
A battle between first and second sees Juventus defend the only perfect record left in the league after six rounds and Allegri knows the visitors, who are only three points behind, will offer stiff opposition.
“We will see the two teams facing each other that have fought for the title in the last few years,” he said.
“It will be a great challenge that will matter more for Napoli based on the current standings.
“We just have to think about playing in a big match, because the result alone won’t decide the season.
“So far we have been very good but against Napoli we have to be even better. From a mental aspect we will have to be calm as we know that it will be a physical match.
“In games like this it’s the fine details that count. Staying focused in the defensive phase and also making the most of the chances that occur, that will make all the difference.”