With the San Paolo nearly sold out already for Friday's massive tilt between Napoli and Juventus, it is easy to see how both may be overlooking this weekend's contests. Neither team will be up against a giant of Italian football, but both will have to get the job done on Sunday first before they can even begin thinking about what's next on the schedule. Laying both could make for extraordinary FootyAccumulators.
After dropping points for just the second time this season before the international break against Chievo, Napoli sent a real signal of intent to the rest of the league by taking down Milan 2-1 last week. With their match against Udinese sandwiched between two crucial fixtures for Maurizio Sarri's men though, it is far too easy for them to see past a Friuli side that will surely come into the affair extra motivated.
Coach Luigi Del Neri was let go earlier in the week with the Zebrette sitting in 14th place and just three points clear of the dreaded relegation zone. World Cup winner Massimo Oddo was named Del Neri's replacement and he will be eager to get the most of his men in his first game at the helm. The fact that the match will be played at the friendly confines of Dacia Arena will only provide extra incentive to hand Napoli their first Serie A defeat of the campaign.
Oddo has already made it clear that his side are not going out to merely earn some sort of moral victory, but are legitimately looking to topple the Southerners. Considering the aforementioned Chievo were able to hold the league leaders to a scoreless draw in Napoli's last away match, Oddo and company have every reason to be optimistic about their chances on Sunday.
Juventus will be provided with an equally daunting task as they host a Crotone side who have won two of their last three matches and would love nothing more than to take points from the six-time defending champions. While they currently find themselves sitting 15th in the table, they have looked much better in recent weeks and will certainly be no pushover.
Many had expected the Rossoblu to go right back down after securing promotion in 2016, but they defied the odds and were able to stave off relegation in their first year in the Italian top flight. It is that same passion and fighting spirit that Juventus will be up against Sunday evening when the Calabrese come to town and the FootyAccas result isn’t to be taken for granted.
The Bianconeri learned the hard way last week that there are no easy games in Serie A, after falling at the hands of Sampdoria and will need to secure all three points this weekend in order to avoid slipping further behind in the Scudetto race. Even the mighty Juventus may find it too steep a hill to climb if they drop points on Sunday and potentially fall seven points behind the league leaders before even playing Napoli, Roma, or Inter.
Indeed, fans and media alike have every reason to be excited about next weekend's critical clash between the two rivals, but players must be focused solely on the task at hand this weekend if they are to claim the much-desired spoils.