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Udinese will be hosting visiting opponents Spezia at Dacia Arena in the Serie A meeting on Saturday.
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Udinese will play in this fixture following a 1-1 Serie A drawn match vs Sassuolo.
In that match, Udinese had 41% possession and 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Udinese was Bram Nuytinck (77'). At the other end, Sassuolo had 15 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Gianluca Scamacca (6') was the scorer for Sassuolo.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Udinese have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Udinese have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 7 goals along the way.
Leading up to this clash, Udinese:
- haven't lost in the league to Spezia in their previous 2 matches.
- have not won at home in their last 2 matches in the league.
After a loss in their previous game against Atalanta in Serie A action, Spezia will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Spezia had 35% possession and 5 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player to score for Spezia was Daniele Verde (30'). On the other side, Atalanta got 17 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Luis Muriel (16'), Berat Djimsiti (73') and Mario Pašalić (87') scored for Atalanta.
In the course of their six latest matches, Thiago Motta's Spezia have managed to stick the ball in the net 7 times thus giving them a goals scored per game average of 1.17.
Going into this encounter, Spezia have not won away from home in their last 6 league games.
Head to head
The previous league game featuring these sides was Serie A match day 3 on 12/09/2021 which ended up with the score at Spezia 0-1 Udinese.
In that match, Spezia managed 57% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 6 on target.
Udinese had 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Lazar Samardžić (89') was the scorer.
The referee was Marco Guida.
Team News: Udinese
Isaac Success (Inflammation) and Antonio Santurro (Knee Injury) will be missing for Udinese gaffer Gabriele Cioffi. Rodrigo Becão is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
In all likelihood, Bianconeri Friuliani will probably use the 3-5-2 formation in the match and select Marco Silvestri, Nehuen Perez, Pablo Mari, Bram Nuytinck, Nahuel Molina, Roberto Pereyra, Walace, Jean-Victor Makengo, Iyenoma Udogie, Gerard Deulofeu and Ignacio Pussetto.
Team News: Spezia
Spezia boss Thiago Motta has not got a full squad to pick from. Petko Hristov (Unknown Injury), Ebrima Colley (Unknown Injury), Léo Sena (Unknown Injury) and Simone Bastoni (Shoulder Injury) will not be playing here. Simone Bastoni cannot play in this game through suspension.
It’s our belief that Spezia will likely begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, starting Ivan Provedel, Kelvin Amian, Martin Erlic, Dimitrios Nikolaou, Arkadiusz Reca, Giulio Maggiore, Jakub Kiwior, Daniele Verde, Kevin Agudelo, E. Quartsin Gyasi and Rey Manaj.
We envisage that Spezia will manage to find the back of the net against this Udinese side, however that may not prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re going for a 2-1 winning score for Udinese at full-time. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Dacia Arena (25,144)
Captain: Bram Nuytinck
Chairman: Franco Soldati
Manager: Gabriele Cioffi
Competitions: Serie A position 12
🔑 Key Man: Beto
Regularly playing in the Striker position, Beto was born in Portugal. Having made a first senior appearance for Portimonense in the 2019 - 2020 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 11 league goals in the Serie A 2021 - 2022 season to date coming from a total of 28 appearances.