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Napoli vs. Juventus, Serie A 2017: Team news, how to watch, and match discussion

The first of two vital matches against Juventus this week is here, and Napoli can’t afford any mistakes.

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This is a huge week for Napoli, with two matches against Juventus looming. The first of those matches, in Serie A action, is today, and to some it’s arguably the much more important affair.

Napoli may be well out of the title race, but a win here wouldn’t just see them pull to within seven points of Juventus, opening the window just a tiny crack — it would give the partenopei the gigantic kick in the ass in confidence that they’ve needed for months. Seemingly every time they’ve started to get things rolling, they’ve gone into a big match against a team like Juventus and lost painfully through one method or another, and it’s time to put that pattern to rest.

Napoli need to come out swinging to establish themselves as a force again, even if just in their own minds, because that’s where the confidence they need starts. It’s time to win more big matches, and taking their two clashes with Juventus at the San Paolo this week will be just what the doctor ordered — and that means starting with an emphatic win today, one that fans can savor for a long, long time.

Watch it

When: Sunday, 8:45 p.m. CET, 2:45 p.m. ET

Where: Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy

TV: Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1, PremiumSport HD (Italy), BT Sport 1 (U.K.), RAI International

Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Sky Go Italia, Premium Play (Italy), BT Sport Live Streaming (U.K.)