Frosinone are set to host Udinese in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Stadio Benito Stirpe in the Serie A on Sunday.
The home side’s relegation was confirmed in the previous round when they drew 2-2 with Sassuolo. They are currently 19th in the league table, with 24 points from 35 matches. Thus, it is set to become another immediate relegation after getting promoted the previous season.Embed from Getty Images
However, Marco Baroni’s side would look to finish the season on a high. The lack of pressure will encourage the team to play with freedom, and this could dent Udinese’s survival hopes.
The Zebrette are also in a relegation battle of their own but hold their future in their own hands at the moment. Igor Tudor’s side are currently 17th in the Serie A table, with 34 points from 35 games.
18th-placed Empoli are breathing down their necks and are only 2 points behind with three games to go. Thus, Udinese have all to play for, and if they pick up a form, they could finish higher up the table as well. 12th-placed Cagliari are just 8 points ahead, highlighting how close the teams are in the table.Embed from Getty Images
Tudor’s side did pick up an impressive 0-0 draw against Inter in the previous match and will be hoping to pick up a crucial win against Frosinone.
In terms of team news, Francesco Bardi is expected to start in goal for the Canarini with Marco Sportiello picking up a one-match ban. Bartosz Salamon, Federico Viviani, and Mirko Gori are the other expected absentees for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Igor Tudor has most of his squad available with Valon Behrami and Antonin Barak the only ones expected to miss out.
Frosinone vs Udinese Prediction
Both teams are in horrible moments of their own. Frosinone have not won any of their last four league games and have lost 7 of their last eight home games.
While this could be a positive for Udinese, their away from says otherwise. The Zebrette are winless in their last 14 games on the road. They have lost 7 of their last eight away games and have scored just 12 goals in the league on their travels.
To make matters worse, Udinese have failed to score in their last three games, all pointing to a potential goalless draw between the sides.
The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, and a win for the visitors looks difficult. Further, Frosinone have proved to be strong at home against teams who are below 12th in the league table, losing just one game.
Thus, it can be expected to be a tight game with the away side needing the points more. However, a draw is the most likely outcome.
Predicted Frosinone XI: Bardi; Ariaudo, Goldaniga, Brighenti; Paganini, Valzania, Sammarco, Cassata, Beghetto; Ciano, Pinamonti
Predicted Udinese XI: Musso; Samir, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Larsen, Sandro, Mandragora, Paul, D’Alessandro; Pussetto, Lasagna