Our football match prediction:
Udinese play host to Chievo at their Dacia Arena in the opening match of the season. The Zebrette head into Sunday’s football match following a 3-2 win over Frosinone in their Italian Cup opener and, no doubt, Chievo are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Summer signing Kevin Lasagna found the net in the victory over Frosinone, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the former Carpi attacker at bay. The Mastini recorded a 2-1 win over Ascoli in the Coppa Italia at the weekend and it has to be noted that they were scoring goals for fun in pre-season. The visitors are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Udinese and considering that the Zebrette are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that both teams will find the net on the opening day of the season.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira. In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker. On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Chievo Verona):
Associazione Calcio Chievo Verona shortly Chievo Verona is an Italian football club founded in 1929 and is currently active in the Serie A. The club is hosting it’s games in the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi which holds a capacity for 42 000 football fans. Chievo Verona shares the stadium with their city rivals Hellas Verona. After a couple of years playing in the Serie B the club from Verona managed to reach the Serie A in 2009/2010. Since the club is active in the Serie A the best performance was in the season 2011/2012 where Chievo Verona was able to end 10th on the Serie A table.Chievo Verona never managed to reach the group stage in a European top league. In the past Chievo got knocked out several times in the UEFA cup qualifiers and one time in the Champions League qualification stage. Known players that wore the Chievo Verona kit in their career are: Amauri, Brighi, Perrotta and Barzagli