North-south rivals reignite their feud as Juventus and Napoli battle for the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday, the fourth time these two teams will contest this particular piece of silverware. Serie A titleholders Juventus travel to Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia targeting a record-extending ninth Supercoppa in what will be their ninth straight appearance in this fixture (also a new record).
What TV Channel is Juventus-Napoli on?
Mid-season silverware would be very welcome for Juventus or Napoli, and you can watch their showdown live on ESPN2 or ESPN Deportes from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Italian soccer on fuboTV.
How to Watch Juventus vs. Napoli
When: Wednesday, January 20
Where: MAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Coppa Italia champions Napoli have only ever faced the Bianconeri in their three previous Super Cup participations, and neutrals can only hope for a clash as entertaining as the last time they lifted this trophy in 2014. Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain each scored two for Juve and Napoli, respectively, but the Partenopei held nerves to win 6-5 in a dramatic shootout:
Andrea Pirlo lifted the Supercoppa three times during his playing career but was part of the losing contingent that day, which ended up being his final appearance in this fixture. He hopes to make up for that miss when he faces former teammate Gennaro Gattuso, two Italian greats who were part of the same AC Milan midfield that lost to Juventus in the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana.
Napoli can afford some confidence for the cup clash considering they’re third in Serie A and one point above Juventus (fifth), who were far from their best in a decisive 2-0 Derby d’Italia defeat at Inter Milan on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s men caged Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata to great effect, while Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral’s absences were felt in defense. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were way off the pace as the center-back partnership against Inter, which could see unused substitute Demiral promoted back to the starting XI:
Lorenzo Insigne, who hopes to score his 100th Napoli goal against one of their biggest modern rivals, called on his team-mates to “play without fear or timidity” in pursuit of the club’s third Super Cup (1990, 2014).
The 29-year-old is one of only a few Napoli stars left over from when they last lifted the trophy; Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam were all present for that win. However, Insigne has a unique motivation to ensure they best Juventus again, having missed out on that win six years ago after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament one month prior.
Mertens is back in Napoli’s squad and targeting his second Supercoppa after a month on the sidelines, with second-string striker Andrea Petagna also back fit. Fabian Ruiz and Victor Osimhen remain unavailable, however, after each tested positive for the coronavirus.
Juventus are still without talisman De Ligt due to COVID-19, along with fellow defenders Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado. United States star Weston McKennie added some energy in midfield after coming on for an underwhelming Adrien Rabiot in the loss to Inter, and he’s one option for Pirlo to shake up his midfield, as are Dejan Kulusevski, Federico Bernardeschi and Arthur.