Udinese v Fiorentina – Serie A
21 Sep 2016, Friuli, 18:45 GMT +0
In the last 5 matches played on this venue (Dacia Arena), Udinese has not lost to FIorentina (4W-1D). Will the history repeat itself is yet to be seen.
Udinese is hoping to bounce back after a poor performance against Chievo on Sunday, when they gave up 3 points at home stadium. In that match Udinese got an early lead by a goal from Zapata in 25′, but their performance fell off drastically after that. Chievo had most of the ball possession (62%) throughout the match, even 66% possession in 2nd half but it just seemed as they won’t be able to break Udinese’s defence. Then finally in 82′ Chievo equalized by a goal from Castro and surprisingly managed to squeeze another one in 90’+5. Some may say Udinese were unlucky, but in all fairness they did not deserve to win, as they showed to be a weaker opponent. Udinese had not had it great on the opening match of the season, as they have lost to Roma (4:0). In the next 2 matches, Udinese managed to bounce back with 2 games won over AC Milan (1:0) and Empoli (2:0), only to add another defeat against Chievo on Sunday. Now they are facing Fiorentina at home stadium, which works in their favour as the history shows.
Fiorentina is faring well in the opening matches. They have indeed lost their opening match against Juventus, but only by a goal (2:1), which is a decent result. Next 2 matches were more forgiving for the “Viola”, as they have managed to win both; Chievo (1:0) and AS Roma (1:0). Winning against Roma surely gave Fiorentina huge confidence boost and it will probably be seen in the upcoming fixture. Udinese does not seem as a team that will cause any problems to FIorentina, and that may be the case when Fiorentina is playing at home venue, but when it comes to playing at Dacia arena it’s a completely different thing. As mentioned before, Udinese outperforms Fiorentina at home pitch regularly and there must be something behind that fact.
Fiorentina seems to be a slightly better team, or at least judging on their opening performances, but they just can’t seem to perform on Udinese home pitch. With that in mind I can Udinese to be able to stand against Fiorentina as they did before.
Prediction: Udinese +0.25
Odds: 1.89 SBOBET