This Thursday Napoli begin their Coppa Italia title defense against Udinese at Stadio San Paolo. The visitors are unable to win in five matches, whereas Napoli have four wins and one defeat in the same number of matches. That would explain why Napoli are on the third place in Serie A while Udinese are on the 12th with 24 points.
Napoli are favorites to qualify due to their squad depth and Udinese are yet to showcase all the potential without having to rely on Di Natale or selling their best players to rival Serie A teams. Rafa Benitez does not have many injury worries and besides Ghoulam who is at the Africa Cup of Nations, he has Insigne and Zuniga under doubt. Meanwhile Udinese have Domizzi and Di Natale under doubt, even if the captain played against Cagliari despite having the flu.
The hosts recently won against Lazio to restore their unbeaten run which fell down when they lost against Juventus. Looking back at their home record in all competitions, statistics will show you that in the last five home matches, they won two, have two draws and one defeat. Udinese in away games are doing slightly worse, in five games away from Stadio Friuli they have three draws, one win and one defeat against AC Milan. Napoli relies on the geniuses that are Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens and Higuain to deliver the goals and work towards keeping a clean sheet.
Udinese have confirmed that Domizzi suffered an ankle sprain against Cagliari and the extent of Di Natale’s injury is yet unknown and even like this Napolis are having it difficult to win against Udinese. In their last six head to head matches, the teams have one win each and four draws. Back in September Udinese won at Stadio Friuli with 1-0 and another result like this has 17.00 odds.
Ladbrokes recognizes Napoli’s superiority and gives them 1.40 odds to win, as opposed to Udinese’s 7.50. Another one of your safest bet could be Napoli to qualify with 1.18 odds, because Udinese has 4.50. With Albiol in good form you could bet on Napoli to keep a clean sheet with 2.00 odds while Higuain has 2.10 odds to score. Gabbiadini, Mertens and Hamsik all have 3.00 odds to score anytime and for Udinese Di Natale has 3.30 and Thereau 4.00. We are going to bet 5 units on both teams to score and Napoli to win with 3.20 odds from Ladbrokes.
Napoli: Team’s Formation
Udinese: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Napoli to win