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  • October 7, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: D. Doveri
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Napoli - Udinese Preview: Partenopei aim to keep pace at the top of Serie A

Napoli - Udinese Preview: Partenopei aim to keep pace at the top of Serie A

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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

  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.

Players to watch

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

After a disappointing Olympics, the Uruguayan striker has rediscovered his best form and has shown the same prolific instinct in front of goal that he has demonstrated since signing from Palermo prior to the 2010/11 season.  Having been rested midweek, the 25-year-old will be fresh and ready to add to his already significant goals haul. With six goals from six league games, it is clear that Edinson Cavani is central to any designs Napoli have on ending their 23-year wait for a Serie A championship

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 33

  • 14
  • 4
  • 0

Like a fine wine, the 34 year old striker seems to get better with age. Having scored 23 league goals last year (and finishing Serie A top scorer the two seasons prior to this), Udinese’s club captain has been instrumental in the Bianconeri’s rise to the brink of Champions League qualification. Having already scored two goals in three Serie A matches this season, Di Natale shows no signs of slowing down and will be anxious to catapult Udinese towards the upper echelons of the Serie A table.

Editor's Prediction

Having started the season in such dynamic form, it is difficult to envisage anything other than a comfortable home victory. Udinese will, as always, attack and look to claim all three points but their midweek exploits will eventually take their toll. Don't be surprised if Edinson Cavani is the main benefactor from this fatigue as he looks to extend his sensational scoring record.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Napoli

Udinese

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
Draw
Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
61%
27%

Top 3 Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 0
Udinese Calcio UDI
SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI
SSC Napoli NAP
3 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI

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