Our prediction for this Coppa Italia match:
Juventus will be aiming to build on the Serie A triumph over Roma when they welcome Udinese at their Allianz Stadium in the Coppa Italia last 16. The Bianconeri have been in a splendid form in the Italian top flight of late, with the team recording a win in each of their last four league fixtures. Maurizio Sarri’s men are eager to defend their trophy, but they have big ambitions for the Coppa Italia as well.
Despite the fact that Sarri is likely to mix the squad against Udinese, home win should be considered. Gonzalo Higuain is widely expected to return to the starting line-up for the hosts. The Zebrette, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions. However, Juventus are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Udinese than their previous rivals. When the two teams met in Turin in December Juve emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Gianluigi Buffon):
Gianluigi Buffon is a legendary Italian goalkeeper. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born in Carrara, Italy on 28 January, 1978 and he began his senior career at Parma. After making 169 league appearances for the Gli Emiliani, he joined Juventus in 2001 and he has been playing for the “Old Lady” ever since.
Buffon is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football and he won seven Serie A trophies with Juve. In 2006 he helped Italy clinch the FIFA World Cup trophy as they defeated France on penalties in the title game. He managed to keep no less than five clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Germany.
Buffon set a number of records and it has to be noted that he is a goalkeeper with most number of clean sheets and penalty kicks saved in the Serie A. His mother Mara Stella was a discus thrower, while his father Adriano was a weightlifter. Gigi’s contract with Juve expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Udinese):
Udinese Calcio was founded in 1986 as a part of the Societa Udinesedi Ginnastica. Until the season 1929 the club from Udine was playing in the regional divisions of Italy. In the year 1929 the club was allowed to participate in the Serie B (second highest Italian football division). In 1950 Udinese managed to reach the Serie A. After 5 years the club got downgraded back to the Serie A. After a hectic period Udinese managed to stay in the Serie A since 1995. The best performance of Udinese was in the season 1954/1955 where the club from Udine managed to end second on the table.
The only prizes that Udinese won are the Serie B title, Serie C title and the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Currently Udinese is playing their games in the Stadio Friuli. The most known nicknames for the club are Bianconeri and Zebrette.
Some very known players have ever played for Udinese such as: Bierhoff, Amoroso, Di Natale, Alexis SAnhez and Dino Zoff.