Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Udinese will be aiming to record their first win of the season when they take on Spezia at Dacia Arena in a postponed fixture. The Zebrette kicked off the new Serie A campaign with a 1-0 loss to Verona, but their performance in the season opener was anything but poor. Udinese failed to turn their dominance into goals in the defeat at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win the midweek clash.
The likes of Jajalo and Mandragora are likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts. Spezia, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the opening match of the season, with the team losing 4-1 to Sassuolo at home. The newcomers face a difficult task in the Dacia Arena clash, and given Udinese’s display in the second half of the match against Verona, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
Highlighted Team (Spezia):
Spezia is a professional Italian club based in Spezia, Liguria. The Bianconeri secured promotion to the Serie A in the 2019/20 season, with the team beating Frosinone in the Serie B playoffs final. Spezia are well known for their black and white home jerseys, and black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The club’s home ground Stadio Alberto Picco has the capacity of 10,336 people. The venue was opened back in 1919, with architect Gregotti being in charge of the project. In 2002 the club chiefs decided to reach an agreement with Inter which saw Spezia become Inter’s feeder club.
As a result, the likes of Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov, and Alex Cordaz joined the Bianconeri in the first season. Spezia then suffered a bankruptcy, but in 2008 they were re-founded. In the 2020/21 season the Bianconeri will compete in the Italian elite division for the first time ever.