Udinese and Napoli meet at Stadio Communale Friuli, in a match for the 14th round of Serie A. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 2, tied 2 and lost 1. But the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium, on 19-11-2016, for Serie A, Napoli won by (1-2). S. Perica (59 ‘) scored the goals of the match, for Udinese, and L. Insigne (47’ and 57 ‘), for Napoli. Attention to the home factor, since Udinese usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
After 4 wins and 8 losses, the home team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 12 points won. In the last match, they lost in a home match against Cagliari, by (0-1), after in the previous match they won (2-1) at home, against Atalanta. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 32 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 22 conceded. In the last 7 home league matches Udinese has a record of 3 wins and 4 losses, so they have won 9 points out of 21 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 12 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Udinese comes to this game with a home defeat against Cagliari, 0-1, putting a final point to the two successive wins in the championship. On this day, at home, coach Luigi Delneri must keep the team in a 4-4-2, with Perica and Maxi López being the ones most responsible for tormenting the defensive line of the opponent. However, the Argentine Rodrigo de Paul is the best scorers of Udinese, with 3 goals scored. For this game the coach does not have Bizzarri, suspended, in addition to Hallfredsson, injured.
The away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 35 points won, after 11 wins and 2 draws. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Chievo, by (0-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Milan, by (2-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 35 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 58 goals scored and 10 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home win against Shakhtar Donetsk by (3-0). For the championship, Napoli won 19 points out of 21 possible, after 6 wins and 1 draw in the last 7 away matches.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 7 away matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 13 games in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but always got the comeback. In the last 11 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 10 goals between minutes (0’-15 ‘).
Napoli came into this game with a victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, 3-0, adding the following consecutive triumph in official matches: the goals were scored by Mertens, Zielinski and Insigne. Despite playing in Udinese’s territory, coach Maurizio Sarri must keep the team in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly through the right-back. The Belgian Mertens is the best marker of the visiting class with 10 goals signed. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Milik and Ghoulam.
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