Udinese v Napoli Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 20/10/18

Udinese v Napoli Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Michael Barbaro (@mbarbaro1994) previews Udinese v Napoli and provides us with his best bets for Saturday's Serie A clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Udinese v Napoli Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 20/10/18
  • Time: 19:30
  • Venue: Dacia Arena
  • Channel: Eleven Sports

Fresh off the international break, Napoli travel to Udinese on Saturday night as they look to retain second spot.

Napoli are flying in Serie A this season. There was much talk over the off-season about the lack of transfers coming into the club but they have proven that under Carlo Ancelotti they are genuine Scudetto contenders, despite their 3-1 defeat to Juventus on September 30.

They are off the back of a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League and a 2-0 victory against Sassuolo a fortnight ago, with Ancelotti’s men looking to get back to their early form. Coming up against a weak Udinese side, this should be a relatively simple task ahead for the Partenopei. Lorenzo Insigne has five goals from his last five games for Napoli and currently sits second in the Serie A goalscoring charts. He will be hoping for a big game this weekend so that he can gain some ground on Genoa starlet Krzysztof Piatek in the fight to become 2018-19 capocannoniere.

It will be a challenging tie for the Friuliani, they have lost the last three in a row and they currently sit just three points clear of the relegation zone. Udinese have eight points from eight games; Julio Velazquez faces a tough uphill battle in their quest for top-flight survival.

A fortnight ago they were very uninspiring in a 2-0 home loss to Juventus, and they will be hoping for a better performance this weekend. To do so, however, Udinese must find a way to stop the potent Napoli attack, with confidence brimming high for their opponents.

Team News

Udinese will be missing Emmanuel Badu and Giuseppe Pezzella for the fixture.

Napoli are without Faouzi Ghoulam and Vlad Chiriches for the clash, as they are injured. Kalidou Koulibaly and David Ospina are expected to be rested for the match.

Potential Udinese Starting XI: Scuffet, Larsen, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck, Samir, Behrami, Pussetto, Fofana, Mandragora, De Paul, Lasagna

Potential Napoli Starting XI: Karnezis, Malcuit, Maksimovic, Albiol, Mario Rui, Callejon, Allan, Hamsik, Verdi, Mertens, Insigne

Head To Head

  • Napoli have won their past four matches against Udinese with the Friuliani last winning this fixture in 2016.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Udinese haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last 13 Serie A home games.
  • Napoli have scored the most goals inside the opening 15 minutes in the Serie A – expect a strong start.
  • Both sides have conceded the same number of goals this season.

Betting Odds

  • Udinese – 113/19
  • Draw – 41/13
  • Napoli 3/5

The Verdict

This is sure to be a simple game for Napoli. They will be resting players ahead of their crucial Champions League clash with PSG next week. However, I am confident they will get the win here.

I have found value in the Anytime Goalscorer market. Lorenzo Insigne to find the net at anytime is currently at 9/5 on Unibet – he is sure to cause problems for the leaky Udinese defence.

Recommended Bets

  • Lorenzo Insigne to score at anytime – 9/5 – Unibet