Udinese will look to leapfrog Fiorentina when they meet at the Friuli Stadium in the Serie A on Saturday.
Both teams are once again languishing in mid-table after Udinese finished 12th and Fiorentina in 16th place last season. This time, Le Zebrette find themselves in 15th place while their opponents are in 13th place. The teams have picked up 27 and 29 points respectively after 25 games, not a good return.
La Viola are relatively clear from relegation with a 7-point gap separating them and Genoa in 18th place. However, Luca Gotti’s men are just 5 points from relegation and will need to improve their results if they do not want to keep looking over their shoulders during the business end of the season.
Neither side is too far or too close from a top-half finish with 10th-placed Bologna possessing 34 points at the moment. However, either side have very little to play for this season and will be looking to finish stronger and lay a solid foundation for the upcoming one.
Udinese drew their previous game 1-1 away at Bologna, where they conceded in the death to drop 2 points. Gotti will want his side to stay more compact and will look towards home comforts for a better result in this one.
Meanwhile, 10-men Fiorentina rescued a point at home to Milan with a late penalty from Erick Pulgar. Now, Giuseppe Iachini will look to build on the momentum when his side travels to Stadio Friuli on Saturday.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Sebastian Prodl and Sebastien De Maio are ruled out for the hosts while Franck Ribery and Christian Kouame are the absentees for La Viola.
Looking at head-to-head, it does not favour Udinese too much, with just 22 wins in 98 meetings. In fact, there have been more draws (27) while their opponents this weekend have won 49 times.
Udinese vs Fiorentina Betting Tips
Le Zebrette have won just once in this fixture in the last 10 clashes across all competitions. However, they have lost just twice in the last 10 meetings at home, which should give the side much-needed confidence.
Coming to how both teams have fared recently, neither of them has been doing particularly well. While Fiorentina have won just once in their last 5 league games, Udinese have failed to win any of their last 5, which explains their respective league positions as well.
Thus, looking at head-to-head, home record and recent form, both teams can be expected to share the spoils at the end of 90 minutes.
Udinese Predicted XI: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Larson, De Paul, Mandragora, Fofana, Sema; Lasagna, Okaka
Fiorentina Predicted XI: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Castrovilli, Pulgar, Badelj, Duncan; Chiesa, Vlahovic