Napoli go into today’s home Serie A clash with Udinese knowing that a win will put them within three points of league leaders AC Milan.
The second-placed Azzurri need all three points to keep them in contention for a third title in their history, after Milan’s comfortable 3-0 win against Sampdoria at the San Siro on Saturday.
At bwin.com, a successful £10 bet on Napoli to come away with the victory would land a return of £17.
The Naples club are on a fine run of form with four straight wins under their belts, while Udinese come into the match off the back of two consecutive defeats in the league.
And Walter Mazzarri’s men know they will not have to deal with Udinese’s greatest source of goals, Antonio Di Natale.
The club captain is Serie A’s leading scorer, having struck 26 times in 2010-11, but will miss this crucial clash with a right ankle injury.
Di Natale’s absence will give star Napoli striker Edinson Cavani the chance to surpass him in the top scorers’ chart.
The Uruguayan frontman has notched 25 Serie A goals and can be backed at 3/1 to find the back of the net first today. That means a £10 bet on Cavani as opening scorer could return £40.
However, Napoli will have to reverse recent history against the Bianconeri if they are to come away with the victory. They have not beaten Udinese in the league since 2008, suffering 3-1 losses in their last two meetings.
As Udinese are without forwards Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez, Francesco Guidolin’s team will have to rely on the likes of Gustavo Denis to fire them to victory.
Serie A betting fans can get odds of 7/5 at bwin.com for the Argentine to score at any point in the match, meaning a winning £10 bet on Denis will earn £24.
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