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October 7, 2012 9:45 PM EAT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ D. Doveri‎
Attendance:‬ 43148‎
 
30′ Marek Hamsik
45+1′ Goran Pandev
 

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

Napoli celebrating
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NAPOLI

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Gamberini, Aronica

Maggio, Inler, Hamsik, Behrami, Zuniga
Cavani, Pandev

UDINESE

Brkic
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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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
21Federico FernándezDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
15Roberto ColomboGoalkeeper
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
3Bruno UviniDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
30Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
-Edu VargasStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
17Mehdi BenatiaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
3AllanMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
37Roberto PereyraMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
70MaicosuelMidfielder
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
-Alessandro FavaroGoalkeeper
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
85Andrea CodaDefender
-Pablo ArmeroDefender
34Gabriel SilvaDefender
75Thomas HeurtauxDefender
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-WilliansMidfielder
10Paulo Vitor BarretoStriker
-Mathias RanégieStriker
-Diego FabbriniStriker
7BaduMidfielder
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