Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Chievo are running down a blind alley ahead of Friday’s football match against Udinese. The Mussi Volanti suffered a 1-0 loss to rock-bottom side Benevento at the weekend, with the team extending their losing run in the Serie A to three games. Chievo have been totally out of form of late, but the game against Udinese could be the turning point for the hosts. The Zebrette, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, but they quickly got back on course. Udinese look unstoppable at the moment and they are on a five-game winning run in the national championship ahead of the trip to Verona. Massimo Oddo is doing a great job with the Zebrette and given Chievo’s poor form, we predict the visitors will pick up all three points from their first game of the year.
Highlighted Player (Valter Birsa):
After making just one appearance for Primorje in the 2003/2004 campaign, Valter Birsa joined Gorica at the age of 17. He impressed with the Slovenian outfit, scoring 26 goals in 61 league matches and, as a result, earned a lucrative move to Sochaux. The left-footed midfielder, who plays as a winger as well, did not score too many goals for the French outfit (8), but it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Auxerre (in 2009) before his contract expired. Despite being on Liverpool’s radar, Birsa joined Genoa on 2 February 2011 and he made nine league appearances for the Rossoblu in the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign. After ending his loan spell with Torino in 2013 he joined Italian giants Milan, in what was a swap deal for Luca Antonini, who moved to Genoa. Valter Birsa has 12 caps for Slovenia U21 and he represented the Slovenian national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 9 September, 2009 against Poland.
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.