It’s black and white for Juventus’ Serie A hopes after Napoli win

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Juventus currently sit second in Serie A, but a resounding win over title rivals Napoli underlined their status as runaway favourites to retain their Scudetto crown this season.

The Old Lady put in a dominant display against Rafa Benitez’s side at the Juventus Stadium, running out 3-0 winners and are now priced at 7/10 to defend their Italian title.

This victory marked Juve’s fourth consecutive win in Serie A and it came at an opportune time for Antonio Conte’s team, who head into the international break in high spirits, while current leaders Roma may feel somewhat deflated.

Rudi Garcia could only watch on as his team conceded a last-kick equaliser at home to Sassuolo – a side Inter Milan thrashed 7-0 away from home – with the Romans now just a single point ahead of their Turin rivals.

The momentum from Roma’s incredible record-breaking run appears to have all but disappeared, with the league leaders dropping four points in two games against Torino and Sassuolo.

Meanwhile, Juventus remain a model of consistency, with 10 wins, one draw and one defeat from the 12 games played this season.

This time last year an identical haul from the Bianconeri was enough to put them top of Serie A and four points clear of Inter Milan, with the crucial difference this term being Roma’s recent winning run.

Now that has come to an end the likelihood of another Juventus title win looks good given the sheer depth and experience of their squad compared with the Romans, who remain reliant on 37-year-old Francesco Totti.

Returning in two weeks time, Conte’s charges face a relatively easy domestic fixture list in the run up to Christmas, with games against Livorno, Bologna, Udinese, Sassuolo and Atalanta along with European ties against FC Copenhagen at home and an out-of-sorts Galatasaray.

Roma, meanwhile, face tricky games against Fiorentina and Milan over the coming weeks, meaning that come the January meeting between the two at the Juventus Stadium, the Old Lady could have the opportunity to build up quite a lead.

With nearest rivals Napoli meeting Lazio away and Inter at home during December, as well as crunch Champions League games against Dortmund and Arsenal, the next few weeks could see Juve remind us all why they have won the last three Scudettos.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.