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Juventus, Napoli light up Serie A

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Juventus' Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Chievo Verona at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, January 25, 2015.
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ROME (AP):

It's judgement weekend in Serie A. League leaders Napoli take a two-point lead over Juventus into a highly anticipated clash of the top-two squads today. Then tomorrow, third-place Fiorentina host fourth-place Inter Milan, who are one point behind the Viola.

Napoli and Juventus are on club record winning streaks.

Napoli have won eight straight, while Juventus have 14 consecutive victories, and need three more to match the Serie A record of 17 established by Inter in 2006-07.

Napoli beat Juventus 2-1 in September with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain, but that was before the Turin club found its stride and was able to overcome the off season departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez.

Having joined Juventus on a €40 million transfer from Palermo in June, Paulo Dybala has developed into the Turin squad's most dangerous weapon with 13 goals. And with only 15 goals conceded, Juventus have the best defence in Italy.

With 24 goals in as many matches, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life. With 14 matches remaining, Higuain already has more goals than the 22 that Mauro Icardi and Toni led Serie A with last season.

"My intention is to continue scoring," Higuain said. "For me, and most important, to help the squad, which is aiming for something really big."

Napoli's only two Serie A titles came in 1987 and 1990 when Diego Maradona was carrying the club.

Also this weekend, it's Lazio vs Hellas Verona; Carpi vs Roma; Empoli vs Frosinone; Chievo Verona vs Sassuolo; AC Milan vs Genoa; Palermo vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; and Udinese vs Bologna.