Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Roma will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Juventus when they host Udinese at their Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. The Giallorossi produce much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their third consecutive triumph on home soil in the national championship. Edin Dzeko should be recalled to the starting XI after returning to the squad at the weekend, while Zaniolo and Smalling are both sidelined with injuries.
The Zebrette, on the other hand, have been totally unpredictable in the 2020/21 season, but they head into the match following back-to-back wins over Spezia and Verona. Udinese have been impressive at the back of late, but preventing Roma attackers from scoring at Stadio Olimpico is easier said than done. All Forestieri, Pussetto, Jajalo, and Pereyra are injured, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
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.