Carlo Ancelotti's struggling ​Napoli side head to Dacia Arena to face Udinese in ​Serie A looking to bounce back from a poor run of form.


Gli Azzurri have endured a dip in results lately and now find themselves languishing in seventh place, 18 points behind table toppers Inter.

Their opponents are also experiencing a poor run of form and are just four points clear of the relegation zone as things stand.


An under-pressure Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to prove his doubters wrong with victory, but first we need to do some statistical delving in order to whet your appetite. So, courtesy of ​Opta, here's everything you need to know ahead of kick off...


On the Decline

Wallace

This is only the second time in the three-point era in which Udinese have gained 14 points or less in their first 14 games of a Serie A season - with the other occasion coming, unfortunately, last season.


They will be need to put in a determined display this weekend to put points on the board and begin righting their early season wrongs.


De Paul of Misery

Rodrigo De Paul

Udinese attacker Rodrigo de Paul has scored just one goal in 11 Serie A appearances this season, having notched up five by this point last season.


His struggles have impacted the club's results and he'll know that he's got to step things up against Napoli.


All or Nothing

Dries Mertens,Marvin Zeegelaar

When Napoli and Udinese clash in Serie A, there's normally somebody going home with all three points.


In fact, that's been the case in the pair's last ten meetings - with Napoli triumphing on eight occasions, compared to Udinese's two successes.


The last sharing of points between the two sides was a 1-1 draw in April 2014, so we all know what's coming here..


Travel Sickness

Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli's struggles are largely down to their inability to win on the road, which is highlighted by an alarming away day statistic.


Gli Azzurri are winless in their previous four Serie A games on the road (D3 L1), which is the longest run of games they've had on their travels without a win since April 2010, when former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri was in charge.


A 4-1 victory over Lecce in September was their last away league success, so Ancelotti may be advised to play the tape of it on the team bus to spice things up a bit..


Marvellous Manolas

Konstantinos "Kostas" Manolas

If there's one ray of sunshine in Napoli's ranks, it's Greek defender Kostas Manolas. Well, if you're talking about playing Udinese that is.


That's because Manolas has won his last nine meetings in Serie A against Udinese, a record that is only bettered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic's (of course it's him) record against Siena, which stood at 11 wins out of 11.


Illustrious company, you could say.


Favoured Opposition

SSC Napoli v Udinese - Serie A

The doom and gloom may be lifted at Napoli just by looking at their most recent meetings with Udinese. The Partenopei have won their last three Serie A away games against I Bianconeri, by an aggregate score of 6-1.


​Dries Mertens has enjoyed recent fixtures against Udinese, too, scoring twice and assisting three in two appearances in 2018/19 - a record for a player against a single opponent last season.