Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Atalanta will look to build on a 4-1 win over Empoli when they take on Udinese at Gewiss Stadium on Matchday 9. The Orobici want to regain their spot in top four where they obviously belong, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the home team will be Josip Ilicic, who has been scoring goals for fun of late for both Atalanta and Slovenia national team. The likes of Hateboer, Toloi, Pessina, Djimsiti, and Gosens are sidelined with injuries for the home team.
As for the visitors, Udinese failed to win the previous five league fixtures. Considering that the Zebrette have been struggling at the back of late, we are tempted to put our money on Atalanta, who aim to represent Italy in the Champions League for yet another season. Pereyra is banned for the visiting team, while all Success, Perez, and Nestorovski are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
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.