Udinese prefers to play in second place (48% possession), relying on low blocking and explosive counterattacks. In terms of the direct speed with which the ball travels towards the opponent’s goal, Andrea Sottila’s team is second only to Cremonese and Verona.
Thanks to the successful implementation of their style of play, “black and white” are able to pose a threat to opponents of any rank, but they make a large number of mistakes in defense. For example, in the first round, they hit the goal of their current opponent twice.
On average, Udinese generates 1.3xg per game, with 1.37xg allowed.
Napoli in the last game against Salernitana (1:1) could have taken the championship if they had won, but unexpectedly lost points, although they beat the opponent in xg (1.6:0.3). In this meeting, Luciano Spalletti’s team will have enough draw to guarantee the Scudetto, but it is unlikely that they will agree to it. Most likely, the players will be motivated only to win, preferably a big one, which will confirm the new status of the club. Fortunately, Azzurri has everything you need for this. They have recently improved their game, and the leaders – Kvaratskhelia (12+10) and Osimkhen (21+4) are once again charming on the pitch. On average, Napoli create 1.75xg per game, with 0.9xg allowed.
In these circumstances, I think the favorite will not leave a chance to the problematic defense of Udinese.