Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Following a 2-0 win over Empoli, Napoli will look to extend their winning run to eleven games when they welcome Udinese to their Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Matchday 15. The Neapolitans aim to cement top position in the standings, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the league leaders. Both Lozano and Zielinski are pushing for a start after the duo got their names on the scoresheet against Empoli, while important winger Kvaratskhelia has yet to overcome a back injury.
The Zebrette, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Spezia on Tuesday evening. Home win, though, should be considered this time out as Udinese were beaten by Napoli in each of their last eight meetings in Naples. As for the visiting side, both Destiny Udogie and Rodrigo Becao are sidelined with injuries, while key attacker Beto should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Giovanni Simeone):
Giovanni Simeone is a product of River Plate football academy. Simeone played for los Millonarios at senior level from 2014 to 2016 and he moved to Genoa in the summer of 2016. The former River Plate man scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Pescara on September 25, 2016 and two months later he scored a brace in a 3-1 victory over Serie A giants Juventus.
The prolific attacker netted 12 goals in 35 matches for the Rossoblu in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign and, as a result, Fiorentina chiefs decided to sign him at the end of the season. The son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego joined the Viola on a five-year contract. Giovanni was born in Madrid on July 5, 1995 and due to his dual citizenship, he is eligible to represent both Argentina and Spain at senior level.
It has to be noted that he scored 12 goals in 12 appearances for the Argentina U20 team and he helped La Albiceleste win the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.
Highlighted Team (Udinese):
Udinese Calcio was founded in 1986 as a part of the Societa Udinesedi Ginnastica. Until the season 1929 the club from Udine was playing in the regional divisions of Italy. In the year 1929 the club was allowed to participate in the Serie B (second highest Italian football division). In 1950 Udinese managed to reach the Serie A. After 5 years the club got downgraded back to the Serie A. After a hectic period Udinese managed to stay in the Serie A since 1995. The best performance of Udinese was in the season 1954/1955 where the club from Udine managed to end second on the table.
The only prizes that Udinese won are the Serie B title, Serie C title and the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Currently Udinese is playing their games in the Stadio Friuli. The most known nicknames for the club are Bianconeri and Zebrette.
Some very known players have ever played for Udinese such as: Bierhoff, Amoroso, Di Natale, Alexis SAnhez and Dino Zoff.