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  • March 18, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Udinese - Napoli Preview: The Bianconeri can leapfrog the visitors into third place with victory on Sunday

Udinese - Napoli Preview: The Bianconeri can leapfrog the visitors into third place with victory on Sunday

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Walter Mazzarri's men travel to Udine on Sunday, with the visitors looking to continue their red hot league form following exiting the Champions League midweek


PROBABLE LINEUPS


UDINESE


Handanovic
Ferronetti, Benatia, Domizzi

Ekstrand, Pinzi, Pazienza
, Asamoah, Armero
 Floro Flores
Di Natale

NAPOLI

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Fernandez, Aronica
Zuniga, Inler, Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Lavezzi
Cavani

Francesco Guidolin's troops will host the Azzurri, without the injured Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, with the Ghana international's knee strain likely to keep the midfielder out of action for another couple of weeks, while Mauricio Isla looks set to miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

However Danilo will return to the side, after the former Palmeiras defender sat out of Thursday's Europa League tie with AZ through suspension.

The visitors will go into Sunday's clash without the services of Marco Donadel, with the former Fiorentina midfielder still nursing a muscle strain, while Christian Maggio is a major doubt, after the Italy international limped out of Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Chelsea.

Gianluca Grava and Miguel Britos are also unlikely to feature against the Bianconeri, with the defensive duo still suffering from a foot and muscle injury respectively.

However Blerim Dzemaili will return to the squad, after the former Torino star, sat out of the weekend victory over Cagliari through suspension.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Udinese have won three of their last four clashes with the visitors.
  • The hosts have won 10 of their 14 home games this season. However they have failed to win any of their last three ties at the Stadio Fruili.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored 18 Serie A goals so far this season, second to only Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has netted one more.
  • Napoli have won each of their last five league games.
  • The Azzurri have lost only one of their last 12 league meetings.
  • The visitors have only managed to win five of their 13 away games in Serie A this term.

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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
16Andrea CodaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
-Roberto PereyraMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
-Diego FabbriniStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
26L. EkstrandDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
6Gelson FernandesMidfielder
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
3Andrea DossenaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Ignacio FideleffDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
17Federico FernándezDefender
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
-Massimiliano AmmendolaMidfielder
9Edu VargasStriker
Players to Watch
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 2 0 0

The Italy international is the main man for the Bianconeri, and is currently the club's leading goal scorer with 24 in all competitions, and with the hosts having the opportunity to leapfrog Napoli into third place, the former Empoli forward will be desperate to fire his side to victory on Sunday.

Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The former San Lorenzo star has been on fire for the Azzurri in recent weeks, with the forward netting in each of his last four league outings, and after suffering heartbreak in Wednesday's Champions League elimination to Chelsea, the Argentina international will be raring to go on Sunday night.

Prediction

With the visitors on the back of five straight league victories, along with the Bianconeri's recent dip in form, an away victory seems a probable outcome.

Editor's Prediction
Napoli 2

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