The race for the Scudetto enters a key week in Italy ahead of the big match on Friday between Naples and juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium. Napoli are still top of the table with 44 points from 17 matches. Milan They are followed by Juventus with 37 points. Inter Milan complete the top four with 34 points and these are the teams that will fight to the end to lift the trophy. Last weekend, Inter drew 2-2 against Monza a few days after the victory over Napoli, and the leaders of Serie A beat Sampdoria (2-0). Juventus won the eighth match in a row Udinese (1-0) and Milan drew 2-2 with AS. Roma after Stefano Pioli’s team took a 2-0 lead before the final minutes of the game. Let’s rank the clubs and see who is most likely to win the Scudetto when all is said and done:
1) Napoli, 44 points
2) Juventus, 37 points (+19 DG)
3) Milan, 37 points (+15 GS)
4) Inter, 34 points
Here’s a look at the least likely wins to the most likely:
4. Inter Milan
The Nerazzurri are ten points behind Napoli and have already conceded too many goals (24 in 17 games, the worst in the top ten). If they want to return to the championship race, they definitely need to stop conceding so many goals and improve their defensive performance, especially against smaller teams. However, Saturday’s draw against Monza showed they were still a long way from a quick return to the table, as they conceded a late goal, leading to a 2-2 final draw. They were likely out of the title race already.
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The Bianconeri had a terrible start to the season with Allegri’s position seemingly in danger. However, the Italian manager turned the tide and managed to win eight games in a row without conceding a single goal. These are incredible numbers that show how things can change quickly in the sport and Juventus now have the opportunity to get closer to Serie A leaders if they win away to Napoli on Friday. Allegri has managed to create a beautiful mixture of young and experienced players in the roster. The return of a key player Frederic Church has also been another big boost for a team that is now fully in the race for the title. Fans are still hoping to see more spectacular football, but when such results come in, there is not much to criticize.
The Rossoneri are still as close as Juventus (seven points behind) to the top of the league, despite drawing with Roma after leading 2-0 before the last minutes of the match. The Pioli team are the reigning title holders and know how to win the Scudetto as they did so last season for the first time in eleven years. Key players such as Rafael Leo and Sandro Tonali show their best qualities and they can carry the entire squad to another. However, the match against Roma showed that they are not as strong defensively as they were last season and this could definitely take a toll in the coming months.
Luciano Spalletti’s side are still top of the table despite losing their first leg of the season to Inter Milan last week. Napoli had to respond after their first defeat, and they did so against Sampdoria (2-0), showing that they are still strong and are favorites to win their first league title in over thirty years . Despite key player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia looking a bit out of shape again, Victor Osimhen scored his 10th goal in 13 Serie A appearances this season, with Napoli now seven points clear of title contenders and rivals. The Azzurri take on Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus on Friday in what could be a key game in the title race. If Napoli don’t lose to the Bianconeri, they will definitely be prime candidates for the historic Scudetto.