Napoli vs Udinese
Italian Serie A
Date: 18th April 2018, Wednesday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli eye three easy points when they welcome a troubled Udinese for Wednesday’s Serie A fixture.
The Partenopei fell from the title race following the goal-less draw with AC Milan on the weekend with their gap with Juventus stretched to 14 points. It has been a dramatic collapse as the title race was looking tight a few weeks ago. Napoli’s last 6 matches produced just 3 wins, 3 draws and a loss helping the Old Lady to sprung ahead to an insatiable lead. Yet, Maurizio Sarri’s men will finish second with a win from their remaining 6 games.
Udinese played some fearless and entertaining football in the middle of the season, but they are back to bare bones since the start of 2018. The teams suffered their 9 defeat on the trot following the narrow 2-1 loss at Cagliari on the weekend and look low on confidence and morale.
Is there more drama to come in the closing weeks of the season? Udinese sit at 13th on the log, but their lead over the two teams at the edge of relegation zone is 6 and 8 points respectively. If one of those two pull a string of wins and Udinese keep losing games, they might end up as one team going down to Serie B next season.
Napoli vs Udinese: Head-to-head
Napoli won their last 4 competitive matches with Udinese, 3 in the league and most recently in the Coppa Italia.
Their last two h2h games saw the same 1-0 full-time score line.
The Partenopei also hold an 8 match unbeaten streak at home in all competitions against Udinese, 7 wins and 1 draw.
Napoli vs Udinese: Prediction
Despite the dip in form in recent months, Napoli gave nothing away to teams sitting at the bottom half of the league table. Besides, their home record is solid as ever and no teams outside the top five manage to win points here. On top of that, they are a free scoring side and Udinese will get their win-less run stretched to 10 games on Wednesday.
Napoli vs Udinese: Bet Tips
HT/FT & Over 2.5 goals – Napoli/Napoli @ 2.05 odd
Brave Punters can back the Over 1.5 first half goals for 2.20 odd.