11.01.2015 14:11 - in: Serie A S

    #NapoliJuve, goals guaranteed?

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    Juventus.com analyses the stats from the final third as both of Serie A’s most prolific sides go head to head at the San Paolo on Sunday

    When Napoli and Juventus step out to the roar of the San Paolo crowd come 20.45 CET on Sunday evening, the magnitude of the clash in itself would suggest that the form book may end up out of the window.

    However, facts and figures can indeed go some way to determining how the game should theoretically pan out and one thing is for certain, expect goals!

    Both teams are currently the most prolific sides in this Serie A season: Juventus lead the way with 35 strikes in their 17 games thus far whilst Napoli sit just behind them on 32.

    Along with the most potent attack, the reigning champions also boast the best defence with only eight goals conceded. Last season’s Coppa Italia winners, on the other hand, have had to pick the ball out of their net on 21 occasions.

    No other Serie A side has shown themselves to be quick out the blocks in matches like the Bianconeri during this 2014/15 campaign: Andrea Pirlo and his team-mates have netted seven in the first quarter-hour of play.

    On the flip side, one major rule of football is to always play to the whistle and the Partenopei have demonstrated their mettle right until the end: Marek Hamsik and co. are the Serie A outfit who have scored the most goals during the final half hour of games (17).

    Sunday's adversaries have shown to possess two different weapons in their armoury with regard to their attacking prowess: Napoli are lethal from within the opposition area and have scored 29 times whilst Juventus are most dangerous from outside the 18-yard box with nine strikes.

    The majority of both the Azzurri and the Old Lady’s goals this season have come courtesy of their stars’ right boots: Rafael Benitez’s side have bagged 21 whilst Massimiliano Allegri’s men lead the way with 26.

    In the current crop of Juventus players, Giorgio Chiellini is top scorer having netted three times versus the Neapolitans. The 30-year-old is in good company with a man who played for both of Sunday’s opponents: Omar Sivori. Making up the rest of the list is honourary president Giampiero Boniperti with four whilst both Felice Placido Borel and Alessandro Del Piero sit top having scored five.

    And finally, Napoli serve as an important milestone for midfield dynamo Paul Pogba – the young Frenchman bagged his first goal for the Bianconeri back in a 2-0 home victory against the Partenopei in October 2012.

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