Napoli - Udinese Betting Preview: Tight match in store for the distracted Partenopei

Rafa Benitez's suffered to a 1-0 home defeat prior to their last Champions League outing and Al Hain-Cole thinks the upcoming Arsenal game could mean another tense game
Napoli will be hoping to maintain the pressure at the top of the Serie A table when they welcome Udinese to the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday evening.

Rafa Benitez’s side ended a run of three consecutive defeats in all competitions with an impressive 4-2 win over Lazio on Monday and are clear 4/7 (1.57) favourites with bet365 to secure another three points.

Having won just one league game on the road all season, considering they have tasted defeat in the other six away games it's no surprise to see the Zebrette are considerable 5/1 (6.00) outsiders to come out on top in the south of Italy.

The two sides have cancelled each other out in two of their previous three head-to-head encounters, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them sharing a draw once again this time.

With a decisive Champions League clash against Arsenal coming up on Tuesday, i Partenopei could be forgiven for being slightly distracted when they take to the field on Saturday night.

The hosts were previously accused of having one eye on their upcoming European game against Borussia Dortmund after slipping to their first home defeat in 17 league games against Parma two weeks ago, and that result will surely provide inspiration for Franceso Guidolin’s men.

Having scored just 14 goals in 12 Serie A games this season and only three on the road, the visitors’ only real hope of securing a positive result lies in matching the resilience displayed by Parma in that shock win, meaning goals could be few and far between.

However, having failed to score in four of their last five matches away from home, Udinese will do very well to get on the score sheet at all against a defence that has conceded only three goals in seven home league games.

Either way, it seems extremely unlikely that both nets will bulge on Saturday, so odds of 5/6 (1.83) are not to be missed on no more than one side scoring, in a bet that would have paid out in five of Napoli’s seven home league games and nine of the visitors’ last 10 fixtures.

'No' on both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.