Juventus and Napoli are tied with 28 points through 11 matches in Serie A. Despite their strong starts, they are still three points off the title pace being set by Roma. It makes for a very important meeting in Turin on Sunday.
The Vecchia Signora are coming off a thrilling 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League. It was an impressive showing by Juventus, which could have easily earned the victory if not for some strong play by Real's veteran goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.
Napoli also had a midweek Champions League fixture and did well to emerge with a 3-2 triumph over Marseille. Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to help the Partenopei move one step closer to the knockout rounds amid a close Group F race.
Let's check out all the key viewing information for the key league fixture, followed by a breakdown of the top storyline and a match prediction.
Where: Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy
When: Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. GMT)
Watch: beIN Sport and BT Sport 1
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)
Juventus: 56.4 percent
Napoli: 20.7 percent
Draw: 22.9 percent
Top Storyline: Can Juventus defend home field in a crucial league clash?
Juventus hold a perfect record at home so far in league play with wins in all five matches at Juventus Stadium. They have outscored opponents 15-4 in those fixtures in contrast to a more narrow 8-6 edge in six road contests.
The Vecchia Signora need to keep that positive home trend alive if they want to grab control of second place and keep pace with Roma. Even though it's still relatively early in the campaign, every lost point is another hurdle later on.
Juventus must be able to control the middle of the pitch. They were able to do it for extended stretches against Real Madrid but struggled to do so early in the second half, and the talented Spanish side capitalized. They can't afford a similar lapse against Napoli.
It puts the onus on the midfield, likely led by Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba. If they can establish pace and possession in the early going of both halves, Juventus should be able to keep the dangerous Napoli attack at bay.
Higuain is in good form for the Partenopei. If he's forced to retreat toward the middle of the pitch to collect passes, it will be a positive sign for Juventus. If the striker is getting most of his touches in the final third, Napoli will like their chances.
With both sides desperate to grab three points before heading into the international break, it should be a fierce battle for 90 minutes.
Given the importance of the match and the lackluster defensive showings in their Champions League contests, it wouldn't be a surprise to see both sides a bit conservative early. Neither side wants to give up a quick goal that would change the complexion of the match.
Things should open up in the second half as both sides push for three points. The slight edge goes to Juventus thanks to their terrific home form so far this season. Expect a strong showing in the midfield to help lead them to a narrow victory.
Juventus 2, Napoli 1