The Serie A is back in action with another round of matches this weekend as Napoli take on Udinese at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday. Napoli have been impressive in recent weeks and hold the upper hand going into this game.
Udinese are in 11th place in the Serie A standings at the moment and have been fairly inconsistent this season. The Friuliani suffered a 2-1 defeat against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus last weekend and have a point to prove in this fixture.
Napoli, on the other hand, have been sensational in recent weeks and currently find themselves in second place in the Serie A standings. The Neapolitans thrashed Spezia by a 4-1 margin in their previous game and will be confident ahead of this match.
Napoli vs Udinese Head-to-Head
Napoli have a good record against Udinese and have won 16 games out of a total of 29 matches played between the two teams. Udinese have managed only five victories against Napoli and need to improve their record in this fixture.
The previous game between the two Italian sides took place in January earlier this year and ended in a narrow 2-1 victory for Napoli. Udinese gave a good account of themselves on the day but will need to take it up a notch this week.
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Napoli vs Udinese Team News
Dries Mertens sustained an ankle injury against Spezia and is unlikely to be risked in this fixture. Kalidou Koulibaly, Nikola Maksimovic, Faouzi Ghoulam, and David Ospina are also unavailable and will be excluded from the Napoli squad.
Injured: Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam, David Ospina, Nikola Maksimovic
Udinese have several injuries to account for at the moment and will have to do without Gerard Deulofeu, Mato Jajalo, Jayden Braaf, Ilija Nestorovski, and Ignacio Pussetto going into this game.
Injured: Gerard Deulofeu, Mato Jajalo, Jayden Braaf, Ilija Nestorovski, Ignacio Pussetto
Napoli vs Udinese Predicted XI
Napoli Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Alex Meret; Mario Rui, Amir Rrahmani, Kostas Manolas, Giovanni Di Lorenzo; Tiemoue Bakayoko, Fabian Ruiz; Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski, Hirving Lozano; Victor Osimhen
Udinese Predicted XI (3-5-2): Juan Musso; Kevin Bonifasi, Bram Nuytinck, Rodrigo Becao; Jens Stryger Larsen, Nahuel Molina, Walace, Tolgay Arslan, Rodrigo de Paul; Roberto Pereyra, Stefano Okaka
Napoli vs Udinese Prediction
Napoli have been a resurgent force in the Serie A over the past month and will be intent on a top-four finish this season. Gennaro Gattuso’s side has excellent players in its ranks and has a point to prove going into this game.
Udinese have blown hot and cold this season and have relied heavily on the likes of Roberto Pereyra and Rodrigo de Paul. Napoli are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Udinese