Napoli vs. Udinese 7/19/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Napoli 15-8-10, Udinese 9-9-15
7/19/20 1:30 pm
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Napoli is welcoming Udinese to Stadio San Paolo in round 34 in Italian Serie A.
Napoli was great after the restart, and not only they won the Coppa Italia against Juventus, they were also pretty consistent in Serie A with 4 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss from their last 7 games. Thanks to this solid streak, Napoli is in 6th place with 53 points, which is the Europa League qualifications spot, but if they want to keep this spot, Napoli must keep winning because Milan is coming in hot behind Napoli. With 53 scored goal, Napoli is solid in the attacking end, while their 44 conceded goals are not bad, but not great either. Napoli has 2 straight draws in their last 2 games, during which they conceded and scored 3 goals. In their latest Serie A game against Bologna on the road, Napoli has had 53% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 86% of the correct passes. Napoli got ahead early, in the 7th minute, but they were struggling with creating quality chances after that, and that is when Bologna was able to tie the game in the 80th minute. This match ended in 1-1 draw, which wasn’t good for Napoli, but better than the loss I suppose. Milik has scored 10 goals for Napoli this season, but he has been struggling with form as well, while Mertens added 9 goals. Callejon and Insigne both added 7 assists. Llorente is the only injured player for Napoli. Last season, Napoli was better offensively, but as Gattuso become the head coach this season, Napoli has focused more on the defensive end and in controlling the midfield, which is working well for Napoli, but eventually, they will need to start creating more precise chances and scoring more goals.
Udinese is 7 points above the relegation zone, in 16th place with 36 points, and I would say that Udinese is safe, and we will be seeing them in Serie A next season as well. With only 31 scored goals this season, Udinese is one of the weakest offensive teams in Serie A, and only by some strange miracle are they outside the relegation zone. Udinese has been solid after the restart, and the 2 wins they have in their last 7 games were crucial in their battle to stay in Serie A. Lasagna is the top goal scorer for Udinese with 10 goals, while Okaka and De Paul both have 6 goals. Prodl and Mandragora are both injured. Fofana added 7 assists for Udinese this season. Of all the teams in the last 7 places in the table, Udinese has the best defense by far, and I think that is what will keep Udinese in Serie A. Udinese has conceded 46 goals so far. In their last Serie A game against Lazio at home, Udinese was solid with 42% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 86% of the correct passes. This match ended in a 0-0 draw. I believe that Udinese will win a few more points this season as they still need to play against Lecce, which means that Udinese will stay in Serie A.
When playing at home, Napoli has not lost to Udinese in their last 10 games. I think Napoli will win this game, but it could be tight. Udinese is capable of surprises, but Napoli is the better team here.