Hamsik vows to battle on

16 April 2018 08:25:34 EST

Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik has urged his team-mates not to give up on their Scudetto hopes, ahead of a crucial showdown with Serie A leaders Juventus.

The Gli Azzurri trail Juve by six points with six games to play, having drawn two of their last three league games, with the title rivals set to meet in Turin next Sunday.

The gap between us and Juventus is getting big, but we must keep believing until it's no longer mathematically possible.

Marek Hamsik

However, with both sides in midweek action before that crunch clash, Hamsik is desperate to see his side keep up the pressure and maintain the belief that they can still overhaul Juve, who have won the Serie A title in each of the last six seasons.

He told his club's official website following a 0-0 draw with AC Milan on Sunday: "There are still 18 points up for grabs.

"The gap between us and Juventus is getting big, but we must keep believing until it's no longer mathematically possible.

"We just have to think about our next game against Udinese. We must forget what happened at the San Siro and focus on our next objective."

On Wednesday evening Napoli are at home to Udinese, while Juve are away at relegation-threatened Crotone.

Napoli have already faced Udine twice this season, winning the league meeting at the Stadio Friuli 1-0 thanks to a Jorginho goal, while a Copa del Rey meeting in Naples also ended 1-0, with Lorenzo Insigne the matchwinner for the hosts.

Napoli can be backed at 2/9 to defeat Udinese on Wednesday and are 5/1 to claim another 1-0 victory, with Hamsik available at 6/4 to score at any time.

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