Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Fiorentina will be aiming to put an end to their three-game winless run when they host Udinese at their Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday evening. The Viola dropped a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Spezia at the weekend, and, no doubt, the lack of confidence seems to be the team’s main problem at the moment. Boss Iachini has a full squad to choose from ahead of the visit of Udinese; therefore, it seems as if Fiorentina will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways.
The Zebrette, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Roma, with the team beating Parma 3-2 in their last league match. However, away win should not be considered this time out as Udinese are not regarded as good travellers. Luca Gotti has a number of selection worries, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home side this time out.
Highlighted Player (Franck Ribery):
After playing for the likes of Boulougne, Ales, Brest and Metz in France, Frank Ribery joined Galatasaray in 2005, but he spent no more than six months at the club. The French winger, who was born on 7 April, 1983, returned to Ligue 1, signing a deal with Olympique Marseille. Ribery scored 11 goals in 60 league appearances for the OM and Bayern Munich scouts spotted him during the 2006/2007 season.
The French footballer signed a four-year deal with the Bavarians on 7 June, 2007 for a fee of €25 million. Ribery has been playing for the German giants ever since and it has to be noted that he won his sixth Bundesliga trophy in the 2015/2016 season and the Champions League title in 2013.
The Bayern Munich ace played for France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he made it to the final of the tournament with les Tricolores. He has 13 caps for France U21 team. Ribery’s younger brothers Francois and Steven are footballers as well.
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.