It is no surprise that the Partenopei are favourites in these Napoli vs. Udinese predictions, although the hosts should still be in for a challenge. The Zebrette have seen their early season form fall off in recent weeks but remain a well-organised outfit.
Napoli vs. Udinese odds
1 – Napoli to win – 8/15
2 – Napoli to score in both halves – 6/5
3 – Osimhen to score anytime – 11/10
4 – Under 2.5 goals scored – 31/21
5 – A draw at full-time – 39/10
Napoli look to cement their status as winter champions as they host Udinese at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. This weekend marks the final round of Serie A fixtures before the World Cup with the league on pause until early January.
This is very much an ideal situation for Luciano Spalletti’s side, who have stood up to all tests posed so far this season. Napoli’s win over Atalanta last weekend was perfect evidence of a side that has the resilience to make a comeback when things are not going their way, despite a hard-fought defeat at Liverpool just four days beforehand.
Given their strong form, a wager on the Serie A frontrunners to take all three points is likely to pay off. Napoli have proven themselves quick starters so far this season, so another solid bet would be on the hosts to score in both halves with Victor Osimhen our tip to score anytime. The forward is currently Serie A top scorer and, with no World Cup requirements, will be happy to leave it all on the pitch this weekend.
Whilst Napoli will be justifiably full of confidence, the same cannot be said for their visitors on Saturday. Udinese’s remarkable run that saw them win six games in a row has ended in spectacular fashion, with the Zebrette far less successful in their most recent Serie A matches.
That having been said, four of Udinese’s five recent results have been draws, including against Lazio and Atalanta. Sottil has looked to ensure that his side remain defensively astute even if they are not effective at the other end of the pitch.
A bet on under 2.5 goals could therefore pay off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, especially with Kvarashkelia sidelined. Should the visitors manage to keep Osimhen quiet too, there may be scope for a surprise draw on Saturday.
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Napoli vs. Udinese last five matches
Napoli last five matches
Udinese last five matches
Napoli top goalscorers
Udinese top goalscorers
Napoli vs. Udinese line-ups
Napoli (4-3-3) Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Jesus, Rui; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Raspadori
Udinese (5-3-2) Silvestri; Ebosse, Bijol, Perez, Ehizibue, Pereyra; Samardzic, Walace, Arslan; Deulofeu, Beto
Napoli team news
Star-winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is set to be out until after the World Cup having suffered a back injury last week. Giacomo Raspadori may be brought in to match the winger’s attacking output, while Hirving Lozano is also an option. Amir Rrahmani is also sidelined through injury, with Juan Jesus expected to continue at centre back.
Udinese team news
Rodrigo Becao remains a significant absence for Andrea Sottil, with Enzo Ebosse a less solid option at the back. Adam Masina may be fit to return on Saturday and could slot in at left centre back.