The Serie A title race continues on Saturday afternoon for these Napoli vs. Udinese predictions, as the Partenopei look to claim the top spot. Despite their lowly position in the league table the Zebrette are in fine form, unbeaten in their last four games.
Napoli vs. Udinese odds
1 – Napoli to win – 4/9
2 – Both teams to score – 4/5
3 – Under 3.5 goals scored – 2/5
4 – Victor Osimhen to score first – 21/10
5 – A draw at full-time – 7/2
Napoli look to boost their title hopes with a win over Udinese on Saturday before Serie A pauses for an international break. Luciano Spalletti’s side have not been at their best in recent weeks but have managed to keep pace with the Milan clubs in the top three.
Despite losing just one match in the calendar year the Partenopei have failed to reclaim the Serie A top-spot with three draws limiting their ability to pick up points. Luciano Spalletti’s side have the best defensive record in the league, but even so have struggled to keep clean sheets in recent weeks, doing so on just one occasion in their last five league games.
The defensive prowess of Kalidou Koulibaly and co. has been particularly important given Napoli’s struggles in front of goal. Five games have now gone by since they won a game by a margin of more than one with the over-reliance on Victor Osimhen clearer than ever. Lorenzo Insigne has just one non-penalty goal this season whilst Dries Mertens has gone six games without scoring. It is fortunate for Saturday’s hosts that their number nine appears to be at his best ahead of the weekend fixture.
For the visitors the trip south will not be as daunting as it may have been earlier this season. Over their last four fixtures Udinese have secured draws against Lazio, Milan and Roma, with an impressive win over Sampdoria to boot. Gabriele Cioffi’s side will be keen to have yet another impact on the title race, and should be full of confidence going into Saturday’s fixture.
With Gerard Deulofeu back at his very best, and strike partner Beto on track to surpass his personal goal tally, there is no doubt that the Zebrette will cause problems for the hosts. The only question remains is whether Napoli can avoid dropping further vital points.
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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 (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Ruiz, Lobotka; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen.
Udinese (4-3-3): Silvestri; Becao, Mari, Perez; Molina, Arslan, Walace, Pereyra, Udogie; Deulofeu, Beto.
Napoli team news
Alex Meret, Kevin Malcuit and Axel Tuanzebe all remain side-lined for Saturday’s game although all could be set for a return after the international break. Luciano Spalletti is unlikely to make wholesale changes to his starting XI although may bring Piotr Zielinski into the midfield with Lorenzo Insigne back on the left wing.
Udinese team news
Gabriele Cioffi is expected to field the same line-up that secured a surprise draw against Roma last weekend. The coach almost has his full squad available with Bram Nutinck the only absence as Walace returns from suspension on Friday.