Italian Super Cup

 Juventus – Napoli  

Serie A champions Juventus and Coppa Italia winners Napoli are set to square off at Beijing National Stadiumin an attempt to win the first trophy of the season.

The Bianconeri have surprised everyone by winning the Scudetto last term, but following heavy summer spending they are now in a good position to defend the league title.

The Old Lady may have stayed without Alex Del Piero, Milos Krasic and Eljero Elia, but they signed Sebastian Giovinco, Maurizio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah, Lucio, Paul Pogba and Richmond Boakye, making sure they remain competitive this season.

The boss decided to take no less than 27 players to China, leaving Michele Pazienza, and injured Martin Caceres and Giorgio Chiellini in Torino.

Antonio Conte, who will be watching the match from the stands, could make a couple of surprises when naming his starting line-up, but he should, nonetheless, field a very strong team.

 

Last season proved somewhat disappointing for Napoli as they finished the league campaign in 5th place and missed the chance to reach the final stages of the Champions League, but the Coppa Italia triumph really saved the season for Walter Mazzarri’s side.

The squad have since undergone some changes, with Ezequiel Lavezzi joining PSG and Alessandro Gamberini and Valon Behrami added to the side at San Paolo.

Napoli have been in scintillating form during pre-season, beating the likes of Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Bordeaux and Sporting Braga..

Edinson Cavani returned to the squad following a disappointing exit from the 2012 Olympics, and he is in contention for a starting place.