Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Empoli and Udinese face each other at Stadio Carlo Castellani in the opening match of the Serie A round 8. The Azzurri aim to recover from a 3-0 loss to Bologna and a win over Udinese could see them escape the relegation zone. All Daniel Maldini, Elia Caprile, Bartosz Bereszynski, and Giuseppe Pezzella are sidelined with injuries, while defender Liberato Cacace is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
The Zebrette, on the other hand, are desperate to record their first triumph of the season. Considering that both sides will go for a win in Friday’s clash, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Sandri Lovric is banned for the match, while all Enzo Ebosse, Brenner, Adam Masina, Gerard Deulofeu, and Kingsley Ehizibue miss out with injuries. Talented midfielder Lazar Samardzic should be recalled to the starting XI following his fine performance in the 2-2 draw with Genoa.
Highlighted Player (Mattia Destro):
Mattia Destro started his youth career at Ascoli, but in 2005 he moved to Inter. The Italian attacker, though, made his debut in the Serie A with Genoa in the 2010/2011 season. He scored 2 goals in 16 appearances for the Rossoblu and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Siena. Destro netted 12 goals for Siena in 30 league appearances for the club and on 30 July, 2012 he joined fellow Serie A team Roma for a fee of €8.5 million.
The Italian footballer made his debut for the capital club on 2 September, 2012 in a 3-1 victory over Inter. Destro scored 24 goals for Roma between 2012 and 2015 and after ending his loan spell with Milan he joined Bologna on 20 August, 2015.
Speaking of his international career, the Bologna forward has 15 caps for Italy U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 15 August, 2012 against England at Wembley Stadium. He made Italy’s 2014 provisional FIFA World Cup squad, but he eventually failed to make the final roster.
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.