Napoli have faded slightly after their bright start to the season and the title contenders could move into second with a win against a inconsistent Udinese side.
The hosts currently sit in third placed however a win could put Rafa Benitez’s level with Roma in second and just three points behind league leaders Juventus.
A lot of attention going into the evening clash will surround club captain Marek Hamsik who is an injury concern ahead of the game at the Stadio San Paolo.
is nursing a foot injury earlier in the week and might be rested ahead of their big Champions League clash against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Udinese have been quite disappointing this season and have struggled for regular form which has left the side sitting in 13th place ruining any hopes of a place in Europe next season.
Several of their leading stars such as Antonio Di Natale have failed to make their mark in many of the key games leaving the Zebrette floundering in no man’s land.
It certainly won’t be any easier on Saturday night as Udinese have only won once in their 7 away games this season where they lost the remaining six ties.
The other game on Saturday evening will see a slowly resurgent AC Milan side take on relegation candidates
Livorno as both sides look desperately for a win.
Visitors AC Milan are still miles off the title picture with Massimilliano Allegri’s side sitting in eight place and are a staggering 10 points away from the European spots.
However, the Rossonieri will be boosted by the return of several leading figures going into the game as both Ignazio Abate and Robinho are likely to feature in the tie and could start the game if need be.
The return of these players will certainly help Allegri’s fortunes which could also see Philippe Mexes also return should he pass a late fitness test.
Hosts Livrono are currently hovering on the cusp of the relegation zone in 17th place although a win could give them some breathing space and move them up to 14th in the table.
This could be possible with the likes of Luca Siligardi and Paulinho having shown some signs of good form in recent weeks which could be crucial to securing something from Saturday’s clash.
With both Napoli and AC Milan playing catch-up to their rivals, they both know that a win on Saturday will take off huge amounts of pressure as they begin a very hectic week of competition.