Napoli - Udinese Preview: Partenopei aim to keep pace at the top of Serie A
Walter Mazzarri rested a few players for their Europa League clash midweek against PSV and he now hopes that rotation will pay dividends for the visit of the Bianconeri on Sunday
By William Shand
Campagnaro, Gamberini, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Hamsik, Behrami, Zuniga
Benatia, Danilo, Coda
Basta, Pereyra, Pinzi, Lazzari, Pasquale
Di Natale, Ranegie
Following their midweek defeat at the hands of PSV Eindhoven, Napoli will look to return to winning ways as they host Udinese in a potentially tricky post-Europa League fixture.
Having rested nearly his entire first team in midweek, Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri will be afforded the luxury of rotating his squad. With no injury concerns, the only notable absence will be the suspended Paolo Cannavaro, with Alessandro Gamberini replacing the club captain at the heart of the Partenopei defence.
Udinese, meanwhile, will hope that a memorable 3-2 victory over Liverpool will provide the impetus for an improvement in domestic form. In contrast to their opponents, head coach Francesco Guidolin chose to name a strong team in midweek and will be understandably wary of player fatigue.
With few injury concerns (only Maurizio Domizzi and Luis Muriel are unavailable for selection), the Bianconeri will hope that the talismanic Antonio Di Natale will be able to replicate his midweek magic and put their more fancied opponents to the sword.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Napoli are unbeaten this season, with five wins from six games.
Edinson Cavani is currently the top scorer in Serie A with six goals.
- Napoli have twice won Serie A, with their most recent triumph coming in the 1989-90 season.
- Udinese, by contrast, have managed only one league win this season and currently lie in 15th place.
Udinese were founded in 1896 and, after Genoa, are Italy’s oldest club.
Despite this, Udinese have never won a Serie A title.
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|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 18, 2012||Udinese 2 - Napoli 2|
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|Dec 11, 2013||Napoli 2 - Arsenal FC 0||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Napoli 3 - Udinese 3||SR-A|
|Dec 2, 2013||Lazio 2 - Napoli 4||SR-A|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Napoli 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Napoli 0 - Parma 1||SR-A|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|7||Omar El Kaddouri||Midfielder|
|10||Antonio Di Natale||Striker|
|10||Paulo Vitor Barreto||Striker|