Napoli vs Udinese 01/22/2015 Coppa Italia Preview, Odds and Prediction
Udinese vs Napoli
Thursday 22nd January 2015 20:00(GMT)
The Line: Napoli 2/5 Draw 15/4 Udinese 17/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bein Sports
Action from Naples on Thursday night as Napoli host Udinese in the Coppa Italia. Napoli come into this game off the back of a 1-0 win at Lazio, one that will have inspired confidence in the side's ability to get Champions League football at the end of the season. Rafa Benitez side have been inconsistant this season and Napoli splurged €13 million on Marco Gabbiadini from Sampdoria , a strange move in my opinion as I cant see him starting in front of Higuain, Callejon or Mertens. But it does weaken Sampdoria so maybe the move is a calculated risk to weaken a competitor. As defending Champions Napoli will be well up for this game against a tricky opponent. Napoli have won four of their last five and are in good form.
Udinese are having an inconsistant type of season themselves as they sit in mid table. Di Natale came out of retirement at the start tof the season and has eight goals and is top scorer, fellow veteran striker Thereau has manages seven this term and together the two have proven to be a handful. Udinese have failed to win in their last five in all comepetitions with three draws and two losses. While Udinese have not won enough games this year they have been tough to beat and I think they go to Naples ready to compete. One thing that Udinese have always done in recent years is lift their performances against the top teams. I expect them to play well tonight.
I am going to take the overs here. Napoli have the firepower to put anyone away when they click and with Di Natale and Thereau Udinese have a couple of quality attackers who will cause problems for Napoli's porous defence.