Our match prediction:
I Giallorossi finished their participation in the Champions League by losing to Real Madrid with the identical result as in the reverse fixture (2-0). Spalletti’s charges displayed a solid performance once again, but failed to score a single goal, as Keylor Navas stood tall on Madrid’s goal. The capital club can now pay full attention to the Serie A, in the race for a Champions League spot next term. By defeating Fiorentina in the previous league round, Roma managed to leapfrog Viola in the overall standings and now they need to further their seven-game winning streak in order to keep the current position in the table. This should not be such a difficult task, as Stadio Olimpico outfit meet Udinese, a team that recorded five straight defeats against Luciano Spalletti’s men. The Bianconeri Friuliani have been suffering from a serious dip in form, with a single victory from their last ten fixtures, and we predict that high-flying Roma will achieve their eighth league triumph in as many matches.
Highligted Player (Maicon):
Maicon Douglas Sisenando was born in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil on 26 July, 1981. The powerful full back started his senior career at Cruzeiro and in 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. After making 58 league appearances for les Rouges et Blancs he signed a five-year contract with Inter in 2006 and he won four Serie A trophies with the Nerazzurri. In the 2009/2010 he participated in the Champions League final and he helped the Italian outfit beat Bayern Munich in the title game. On 31 August, 2012 Maicon moved to England, signing a deal with Manchester City, but he made no more than nine league appearances for the Citizens in the 2012/2013 season. On 18 July, 2013 the Brazilian footballer returned to Italy as Man City allowed him to join AS Roma on a free transfer. He made 28 appearances for the Giallorossi in the 2013/2014 Serie A campaign, with the capital club finishing the season in second place in the standings. Maicon has 76 caps for Brazilian national team.
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.