Udinese vs Fiorentina
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Arguably the two biggest games of matchday four were Inter vs. Juventus and Fiorentina vs. Roma. Both the Nerazzurri and the Viola were viewed as the underdogs heading into their respective ties. And both ended up winning to end their respective hoodoos against teams that had frustrated them for years.
Fiorentina’s victory over Roma marked the first loss for the Giallorossi since January of this year. Paulo Sousa’s men had to really dig deep to snatch the game winner, and by no means was it an easy fixture. Nonetheless, with all three points in the bag, the Gigliati have won two on the bounce. And they also have a game in hand, with their tie against Genoa set to take place at a later date.
Meanwhile, Udinese suffered a 4-0 humiliating loss to Roma on opening day, but the Zebrette bounced back with two good wins over Empoli and AC Milan. However, their loss to Chievo was a slap in the face. For starters, they were playing at home. Secondly, Udinese had taken the lead, and to go from 1-0 up to 2-1 never is a great way to end one’s week.
They naturally will want to regroup, but Fiorentina arguably are a tougher opponent than Chievo. Still, historically, the Zebrette have a solid record against the Viola in games played in Udine. In addition, they did win this same fixture 2-1 last season.
Udinese vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head statistics
- Udinese have done very well in this tie (on home turf). The Zebrette have not lost to Fiorentina at home in Serie A since November 2009.
- That was also the last season in which Fiorentina beat them home and away.
- The Zebrette are unbeaten in their last five home matches against Fiorentina across all competitions.
Udinese vs Fiorentina: Prediction
When they play at home, Udinese enjoy facing Fiorentina. Not so much on the road. However, having lost at home this past weekend, the Zebrette and their sense of security has been shaken up a bit. That being said, one cannot ignore their solid home track record against the Viola, but the general feeling is that will not be enough to guarantee them a win. Still, Fiorentina haven’t exactly set the pitch alight. The Viola have yet to score more than one goal in a game, picking up 1-0 wins over Chievo and Roma and being held scoreless in Europa League action last week.
A draw is not unlikely. Yes, on paper, Fiorentina may appear to be the better side, but the feeling is that the visitors still have yet to fully get up and running. Udinese, meanwhile, will be kicking themselves for letting a lead slip against Chievo, and will be fired up for this tie.
Udinese vs Fiorentina: Betting tips
Draw at 9/4 (3.25)
Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70).
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