Udinese vs Napoli
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday 20 October 2018
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Napoli will hope to keep Juventus in their sights as they take on struggling Udinese on the road on Saturday evening. The Partenopei are already six points behind the Bianconeri but have won six of their eight games, only dropping points against Juventus and in a surprise 3-0 loss to Sampdoria.
They will be in action in the Champions League soon but will want to take all three points here in order to try to stay within touching distance of Juventus, who have already broken away from the chasing pack.
Udinese, meanwhile, have started to stumble yet again. They come into this game having lost three in a row and have started to slide towards the drop zone. That’s a worrying fact for a side who lost 11 in a row last season and Julio Velazquez will be hoping to arrest his team’s downward slide sooner rather than later.
However, that will be easier said than done as Udinese have struggled against Napoli lately, losing their last two games at home. That’s after being unbeaten in all but one of their last 16 meetings on home turf (W7 D8).
With Juventus of course the heavy favorites against Genoa Napoli will want to make sure they can at least stay par for the course here, and they will have a great chance against a team who have been in free fall as of late.
Still, Udinese’s defeats did include against Lazio and Juventus – two teams the Zebrette were expected to struggle against although they will be bitterly disappointed with their defeat to Bologna along the way.
Udinese vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli have won 8 of their last 10 matches
- The Partenopei have won their last 5 matches against Udinese in all competitions
Udinese vs Napoli: Prediction
Udinese have won just one of their last seven games, while Napoli have won six of their last eight and eight of their last ten overall.
In addition, the visitors have won their last five meetings against Udinese in all comps and the Zebrette failed to beat any of teams who placed in the top five last term.
So, whilst they could nick a goal, they will naturally be the big underdogs here for this clash although Napoli could rotate their squad with the Champions League coming up next week.
Udinese vs Napoli: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.90 (9/10)
Napoli – HT at 2.10 (11/10).