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Serie A weekend preview: Title race intensifies for Napoli and AC Milan

Italy's Serie A is home to one of the fiercest title races across the continent this season, while the battle for the Champions League places is also hotting up.

This weekend's action gets underway with a titanic tussle between Napoli and Juventus on Friday night before AC Milan look to get their title push back on track against Lecce on Saturday. On Sunday, meanwhile, Lazio travel to out-of-sorts Sassuolo.

Napoli can capitalise on Juve absences

WhatNapoli v Juventus
WhereStadio Diego Armando Maradona
When19:45, Friday 13th January
How to watchBT Sport 1 & bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsNapoli 19/20, Draw 12/5, Juventus 3/1

Juventus have come under scrutiny for their performances in Serie A this season but fans can have few complaints about the results chalked up recently by the Old Lady.

The Turin club are on an eight-game winning streak in Serie A and, remarkably, they have kept clean sheets in all of those victories.

Indeed, the last time Juventus conceded in Serie A was against AC Milan in early October, although that run may come to an end against Napoli on Friday.

Juve have the division's sturdiest defence with only seven goals shipped in 17 matches but Napoli have the most potent attack with 39 goals scored in the same number of games.

Luciano Spalletti's side also have the advantage of going into this game with a fully fit squad, whereas Juventus will be missing key players such as Leonardo Bonucci, Paul Pogba, Mattia De Sciglio and Dusan Vlahovic.

With that in mind, divisional pacesetters Napoli look a worthwhile bet to win at 19/20 in Full Time Result.

Expect goals when Lecce entertain AC Milan

WhatLecce v AC Milan
WhereStadio Comunale Via del Mare
When17:00, Saturday 14th January
How to watchBT Sport 1 & bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsLecce 19/4, Draw 14/5, AC Milan 8/13

When Serie A leaders Napoli lost to Sampdoria last week, AC Milan had the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top but they did not take full advantage, conceding in the 87th and 93rd minutes to draw 2-2 with Roma.

Following the stalemate, manager Stefano Pioli made his players sleep at their training ground and lambasted their lack of sharpness in the final third.

He will be expecting a response this weekend but Saturday's opponents Lecce will be no pushovers given they have picked up wins over Atalanta and Lazio recently.

Lecce have netted in 12 of their 17 home fixtures in Serie A and should be fancied to at least get on the scoresheet in this one, enhancing appeal about backing Both Teams to Score at 19/20.

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Lazio can shut out struggling Sassuolo

WhatSassuolo v Lazio
WhereMapei Stadium
When11:30, Sunday 15th January
How to watchBT Sport 3 & bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsSassuolo 23/10, Draw 5/2, Lazio 23/20

All is not well in the Sassuolo camp with the Black and Greens having lost five and drawn one of their last six games in Serie A.

They have consequently been nudged closer to the drop zone and they could be worth opposing when they host Lazio on Sunday.

Lazio have started the year on the back foot, losing to Lecce and drawing with Empoli, but before those assignments they won three of their five games and have looked pretty solid at the back.

Only Juventus (12) have kept more Serie A clean sheets than Lazio (nine) this campaign with the capital club having shut out Spezia, Fiorentina, Atalanta, Roma and Monza since the start of October.

Although they have endured a dip in form recently, that defensive solidity should serve them well against misfiring Sassuolo and a Win to Nil for the visitors could represent great value at 3/1.

Roma to continue decent home run

WhatRoma v Fiorentina
WhereStadio Olimpico
When19:45, Sunday 15th January
How to watchBT Sport 1 & bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsRoma 19/20, Draw 5/2, Fiorentina 14/5

Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo was subjected to boos in the club's 1-0 win over Genoa on Thursday due to the fact he is yet to extend his contract with the club but on the pitch, things are steadily improving for the capital outfit.

Jose Mourinho has his side only a few points off the top four in Serie A with nine wins picked up from their 17 league fixtures.

Their expected goals figure of 33.68 is 12.68 higher than their actual tally, suggesting they need to improve their sharpness in the final third, but they have found a way to win recently, winning their last two home fixtures against Bologna and Genoa either side of a decent draw with Milan.

At 19/20 in the Full Time Result market, they could be worth backing to see off Fiorentina.

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