Our match prediction:
In the 16th round of the Italian Serie A leader Inter Milan will travel towards the Friuli stadium for the confrontation with Udinese calcio. Udinese is currently 13th on the table with 18 points out of the first 15 games which is not what manager Colantuono expected for his team this season; Udinese was unable to continue their 3 game victory streak and lost in their last game against Fiorentina. Inter Milan on the other hand lost their impressive streak but managed to win their last game against Genoa, the team managed by Mancini is showing how important it is to have a proper defense; Inter Milan conceded only 9 goals and scored only 18. We predict Inter Milan to win with, as usual, minimal difference 0-1. Despite being heavily criticized Mancini's strategy seems to work but might do good invest in some new offensive players.
Highligted Player (Ranocchia):
Andrea Ranocchia is an Italian football player born on the 16th of February 1988 in Assisi. Ranocchia started his football career playing in the youth of Perugia and Arezzo. After making his debut for the first team in 2006/2007 Ranocchia played for Genoa and Bari before Inter Milan showed their interest and transferred him to Milan as a part of a trade for Destro. Ranocchia plays for the Italian national team as well where he made his debut in November 2010. Unfortunately Ranocchia was not selected for the national team to play in the World Cup in 2014.With a length of 195cm Ranocchia is a tall strong central defender. Ranocchia is known for his tactical defensive vision. Despite his age Ranocchia played for a lot of difference football clubs, which made him, mature in his playing style. Ranocchia was part of the Bari squad that won the Serie B in 2008/2009. On the highest Italian level Ranocchia won the Coppa Italia in 2010/2011 with Inter Milan.
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.