After the potentially crucial home defeat to Milan, Napoli got back to winning ways against Hellas Verona last weekend and will now look to consolidate their position in the top four with another three points from the home game against Udinese. Gabriele Cioffi’s men are the draw specialists in Serie A though, so it could be a frustrating afternoon for Napoli.
Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 19 March, kick-off 14:00
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Last time: Napoli have traditionally enjoyed playing against Udinese and scored four unanswered goals the last time these two met earlier in the season.
Napoli vs. Udinese Predictions and Preview
Luciano Spalletti may well come to rue his side’s home defeat to Milan at the start of March as far as scudetto aspirations go. But the 2-1 away win against Verona in the Bentegodi was a good response. Two red cards for the home team just after they had clawed a goal back certainly took the sting out of any potential comeback.
Now Napoli must concentrate on not dropping any more points as they look to challenge for the title – and remain in the top four at the very least. After exiting the Europa League at the hands of Barcelona, the Partenopei only has the league to concentrate on.
Udinese look to be relatively safe this season, with a comfortable gap between them and the bottom three. A few more victories would probably make caretaker manager Gabriele Cioffi a little happier but another draw would suffice here.
Napoli vs. Udinese full time result odds
Looking at Udinese’s form this season, there may be a few that are tempted by the odds for the draw here. But Napoli looked good against Verona last week and are benefitting from the return of Cameroon international André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. His driving play in the middle of the field really benefits the side and should help Napoli win, with odds for the home win at 4/9.
Napoli vs. Udinese both teams to score odds
Only Genoa have drawn more games than Udinese this season in Serie A but there have only been two goalless stalemates for Le Zebrette. That suggests that they may be able to sneak a goal here on Saturday. But Napoli’s defence has also been very strong this season and this is not a game that Spalletti will allow to get away from his team. A bet against both teams to score at 4/5 looks like the best option here.
Napoli vs. Udinese correct score odds
Napoli may have depth in attack but they have only scored more than three goals in a single match once since the end of November. Victor Osimhen looks to be a rich vein of form again, so he could feature on the scoresheet – but it is likely to be a low-scoring win for the home side. Udinese will look to frustrate their hosts, so 6/1 for a 2-0 Napoli win looks like good value.
Napoli vs. Udinese first goalscorer odds
There is certainly a choice of attacking talent when it comes to predicting who will score the first goal on Saturday. It is wise to concentrate on the Napoli players and it is hard to look past Osimhen after his brace against Verona last weekend. Insigne has weighed in with a fair number of goals in the last few weeks but the Nigerian international looks the best bet at 3/1 to find the net first.