Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Milan kicked off the new Serie A campaign in style, with the team beating the likes of Crotone and Cagliari in the first two games of the season. The Rossoneri, though, suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Lazio at Stadio Olimpico at the weekend and the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the Stadio San Siro outfit in Sunday’s football match against Udinese. Vincenzo Montella’s men aim to return to winning ways and there is every chance the likes of Nikola Kalinic and Hakan Calhanoglu will be recalled to the starting line-up. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Chievo and SPAL, the Zebrette recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa in their last league fixture, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s clash against Milan. The Rossoneri want to give fans some cheer following the upsetting defeat to Lazio and we predict that the hosts are going to fight tooth and nail against Udinese.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million. Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015. Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
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.