The Udinese of this season are well known for their free-flowing, attacking football, the type that should totally put to rest all those outdated stereotypes of Italy being a league in which every club is over-defensive and boring. Yet the zebrette take the pitch at the San Paolo today without both Alexis Sánchez and Antonio Di Natale, who between them have 38 goals. Last week against AS Roma, Di Natale was forced to play through obvious pain, as his sidekick Sánchez was out with a thigh injury. This week, it will be German Denis starting up front, hoping he's slightly more on the pace against his former club.
Napoli welcome Edinson Cavani back from his one game suspension, hoping the Uruguayan will be rested and ready to continue the fine form he displayed in the 4-3 victory over Lazio two weeks ago.
Napoli Starting XI: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Ruiz; Maggio, Pazienza, Yebda, Dossena; Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani.
Bench: Iezzo, Aronica, Santacroce, Gargano, Mascara, Zuniga, Lucarelli.
Udinese Starting XI: Handanovic; Benatia, Zapata, Domizzi, Pasquale; Isla, Inler, Asamoah, Armero; Pinzi; Denis.
Bench: Belardi, Coda, Angella, Battocchio, Cuadrado, Vydra, Corradi.