Serie A Soccer Picks: Napoli the Odds Favorite to Crash Lowly Udinese

SBR Staff

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:58 PM GMT

Serie A is getting more exciting as the race gets more and more furious. Join us for an in-depth analysis of the odds for SSC Napoli vs. Udinese Calcio and get a free soccer pick.

In-form Napoli are heavy favourites to prevail over lowly Udinese in this match and deservedly so after building up a real head of steam this season. Since losing to Sassuolo on the opening day of the season, they have gone on a remarkable 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions, winning nine and drawing four. They are fourth in the league but just two points behind leaders Fiorentina. They are now second-favourites to win Serie A on +250 with various sportsbooks, behind Roma on +175, after pre-season favourites Juventus – champions for the last four years running – suffered a torrid start to the season.

 

SSC Napoli
Serie A is now wide open and the title race is more exciting than it has been in years. Napoli were held to a 0-0 draw in their last game away at Genoa, but before that their seven-game winning run saw them beat AC Milan, Juventus and Palermo, among others. They have not found goals hard to come by this season, banging in 21 in 11 league games, and that 0-0 should be considered a minor blip. Star man Gonzalo Higuain has been in typically lethal form and it is a wonder the former Real Madrid man hasn’t yet been snapped up by one of Europe’s elite clubs. He has eight goals already this season, and his sharp movement and excellent finishing make him a handful for any team, let alone a struggling Udinese. 
Higuain is ably assisted by the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik going forwards, while a solid defense has been built around Raul Albiol. Moreover, Higuain could be rewarded for his loyalty to Napoli with a Serie A winners medal if Napoli can see off the threat of Roma and Inter to win their first title since 1990, Diego Maradona’s heyday. Higuain is +275 to score first in this match and -133 to score at any time and both look like good bets. Also check out Insigne at +350 to score first and +120 to score at any time. He is an exciting wide man and already has six league goals this term. 

 

Udinese Calcio
Udinese have made a stuttering start to the season and sit three points above the relegation zone in 15th, with three wins, three draws and five losses. They struggle to create chances going forwards and have only managed 10 goals in 11 games. But they are pretty solid at the back and have shipped just 14 goals. This is a side that is rarely thrashed, often winning or losing by a single goal. They drew their last game 0-0 against Sasuolo, but that is the first stalemate for them all season – as was also the case for Napoli. However, their fans are rarely treated to a high scoring game. This season they have lost 3-1 to Roma and 3-2 to Milan, but all their other games have featured three goals or fewer. You can get -175 at Ladbrokes, among others, for under 3.5 goals in this game and that looks an excellent bet. 

You would expect Napoli to prevail at home to Udinese, but the best price of -425 on offer at 888 and Unibet isn’t particularly attractive. You could instead go for a correct score. Soccer odds for Napoli are +700 to win 1-0, +850 to win 2-1 and +650 to win 2-0 with 888 and Unibet are all attractive prices. Another option is to back Napoli to be winning at half-time at full-time at -162.5 or a draw at half-time and Napoli to be winning at full-time, which is +320. Again, 888 and Unibet are the bookmakers offering the best prices here for your soccer picks

Free Soccer Pick: Napoli -400

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