Monday April 26 2021
Why Napoli are ahead of Juventus

Napoli have moved ahead of Juventus into fourth place, despite being level on 66 points and with an identical head-to-head record.

The race for European places and the chance to stay in Serie A look as if they will go down to the wire, with several clubs clammed together.

Napoli’s 2-0 victory away to Torino this evening allowed them to catch Juventus in fourth place on 66 points.

In Serie A the first factor when deciding between two teams on the same number of points is their head-to-head record.

In this case, it is identical, because Napoli won 1-0 at home and lost 2-1 away.

When calculating the head-to-head record, away goals are irrelevant, so in this case they both have three points, two goals scored and two conceded.

After that, the next factor is overall goal difference and here Napoli have the upper hand.

The Partenopei have a goal difference of +36 (scored 73 and conceded 37).

Juventus scored 65 goals and conceded 30, giving them a goal difference of +35.

It is, however, extremely close and could well change as the campaign goes on.

Milan are still at least third, because they have a superior head-to-head record with Napoli, having won 3-1 in Naples and lost 1-0 at San Siro.

Milan’s head-to-head record with Juventus is still undecided, because they face a trip to Turin on May 9.