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  • October 7, 2012
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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.

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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
-Bruno UviniDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
4Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
-Edu VargasStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
17Mehdi BenatiaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
3AllanMidfielder
-Andrea LazzariMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
-Roberto PereyraMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
-MaicosuelMidfielder
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
-Alessandro FavaroGoalkeeper
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
16Andrea CodaDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
75Thomas HeurtauxDefender
6Marco FaraoniDefender
34Gabriel SilvaDefender
8WilliansMidfielder
10Paulo Vitor BarretoStriker
-Mathias RanégieStriker
-Diego FabbriniStriker
7BaduMidfielder
Players to Watch
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
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

Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 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.

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.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 2

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