Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Sassuolo and Udinese go head to head at Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in the Serie A round 6. The Neroverdi have drawn each of their last three league fixtures, and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Sunday’s clash as well. The likes of Domenico Berardi, Hamed Junior Traore, and Mert Muldur are out of contention with injuries for the home side.
The Zebrette, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team extending their winning run to three games against Roma. Since Udinese crushed Jose Mourinho’s troops 4-0 at the weekend, they are surely capable of holding Sassuolo to a draw at Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore. All Jaka Bijol, Adam Masina, and Leonardo Buta miss out with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Vlad Chiriches):
Vlad Iulian Churches had an unusual path to the biggest stage, spending some time at the Benfica youth academy before returning to Romania to start his professional career at International. The central defender arrived to Steaua Bucuresti via Pandurii Targu Jiu and he needed just a year and a half to secure a big club move.
After snubbing a number of offers from Italian Serie A, Chiriches joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, becoming Steaua’s record transfer in the process. However, the Romania international did not enjoy the best of starts to his career in England and he was sold to Napoli after two somewhat disappointing seasons at White Hart Lane.
Chiriches has struggled for playing time at Stadio San Paolo as well, and he will probably need to play on regular basis if he is to realise his full potential. Meanwhile, the powerful defender remains an important member of the Romania national team, having earned more than 40 caps for the Tricolorii since making his debut in 2011.
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.