Our prediction for this Serie A match:
As expected, Palermo suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Roma at Stadio Olimpico at the weekend. The Rosanero dropped to the relegation zone in the Serie A standings, meaning that Thursday’s football match against Udinese is of big importance for the Sicilians. However, seeing that Palermo suffered a loss in each of their four home games in the national championship this season, we are not tempted to put our money on the home team this time out. Udinese proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Pescara on Sunday and we predict that the Zebrette are going to extend their winning run in the Italian top flight. Cyril Thereau scored a brace against Pescara and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. It has to be noted that Udinese defeated Milan at Stadio San Siro earlier this season and that is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Sicilia.
Highlighted Player (Oscar Hiljemark):
Oscar Hiljemark is a central midfielder who won the Under-21 European Championship with Sweden in 2015 and has also started to leave his mark on the senior national team. His talent was spotted early on as a number of Swedish sides battled for the player’s signature before he penned a professional contract with Elfsborg. Following some impressive performances in Swedish Allsvenskan, Hiljemark was purchased by PSV Eindhoven, where he somewhat struggled for playing time, but that did not stop Serie A side Palermo from offering him an escape route from Dutch Eredivisie. The central midfielder enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in Italy, scoring several important goals in the opening exchanges, and he was in turn linked with the likes of Southampton, West Ham, AC Milan and Napoli, among other clubs. While making several appearances for Blagult even before said success with the Under-21 side, Hiljemark only secured his place in the senior team after the aforementioned trophy, and he is tipped to prove a worthy successor to long-serving midfielder Kim Kallstrom.
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.