As far as Europe’s major leagues are concerned, there is little question as to the biggest game of the weekend, with the title race in Serie A — Italy’s top league — up for grabs as Juventus (+115) host Napoli (+290) at 2:45 p.m. ET Sunday.
The race appeared all but over leading into this week, but things turned on their head Wednesday when Juventus traveled to face Crotone, a side in a relegation battle. The league leaders could only manage a point, while Napoli’s win over Udinese — twice coming from behind to pick up all three points — moved the Partenopei back to within four points of the six-time defending champions.
With the top two coming to blows in Turin on Sunday, an away win would ensure that Napoli’s hopes of ending Juventus’ dominance in Italy’s top flight are revived. The hosts, meanwhile, know that a draw would be enough to keep their closest challengers at arm’s length, and the Old Lady are unlikely to spring out of their shape too often as a result.
Napoli are, after all, one of the best sides in Europe at using the ball to draw their opponents out of position. Juventus will be happy to approach this massive game as if they were the away side, sitting deep and waiting for any chances on the counter.