Napoli vs Udinese Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Napoli vs Udinese Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Tide turning for both sides
Udinese have managed to pull themselves clear of the drop zone, with their away form likely to cause concern for Gennaro Gattuso. After failing to win five consecutive away games, Udinese have won their last two on the road against Roma and SPAL, and could win three in a row for the first time since May 2003 under Francesco Guidolin.

However, the hosts are succeeding at home in some high scoring form. Napoli have scored at least two goals in their last six home games in Serie A, their best run in the league since December 2014. However, the Partenopei have conceded at least once themselves in each match. Our predictions point to that run continuing.

Issues for Napoli at the back
Gennaro Gattuso has added more energy to a Napoli side who looked sapped of it under Carlo Ancelotti, but the midfield hardman hasn’t managed to get the defensive steel he would have liked into the Partenopei’s set up. The hosts continue to concede too many goals, with each of their last four seeing both teams find the net.

Napoli have had particular problems in Naples, having failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 home matches. Given that this is an Udinese side who have sparked into life on the road – scoring five goals across their last two trips – we think that the visitors can cause problems for Gattuso’s team this weekend.

History against the Zebrette
Napoli are in fine scoring form at home, something they should continue when they host a Udinese team who have a dire record behind them in clashes at the San Paolo. History is firm with the hosts in this one, given that Napoli have won seven of their last eight at home to Udinese. Meanwhile, Napoli are unbeaten against Udinese in Serie A since April 2016 (a 3-1 loss in Friuli) – since then Napoli have won six times.

We expect Napoli to claim the points here, but Udinese have enough threat to score. We see value in both teams to score given the issues the home side have at the back, while our correct score prediction is a 3-1 victory for Napoli. The hosts have impressed at home of late, while Udinese have conceded three or more in four of six trips to the top seven this term.
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