Date: September 29, 2014
Venue: Stadio Communale Friuli, Udane, Italy
Kick off time: 18:00 hrs BST
Udinese will welcome a struggling Parma side who are reeling in 16th place in the Serie A to the Stadio Communale on Monday. While Udinese are currently sitting pretty in third spot in the standings, Parma definitely need to buck up and challenge if they are not to slip even further down.
Udinese’s form: W-W-L-W-W
The home team have been in great form this season. They have won three of their four games in Serie A. The only loss that Udinese have suffered this season came in a tough match away to the Old Lady.
The side begun this campaign with a big win over Ternana in the Italian Cup. Their Serie A campaign got off to a flying start in front of their home fans when they beat Empoli on August 31. Since then, besides a reversal at Juventus, Udinese have beaten Napoli and Lazio in a couple of crucial games. Both games were won on solitary goals which goes on to show the strength that this team possesses at the back.
Parma’s form: L-W-L-L-W
Parma come into this match on the backs of a 1-2 home loss against table topping side AS Roma. Their only points of the season came away at Chievo last weekend where they beat the former 2-3.
The visitors had started their season poorly as well with a 1-0 loss at Cesena. Their second match of the season, against Milan, was probably the most entertaining as well as the most bizarre contest in the Serie A this term. Milan won a hugely entertaining fixture by 5-4 on September 14, right after the international break.
Udinese – Antonio Di Natale
Veteran striker Di Natale has been in good form this season. However, he has not got on the goal scoring charts in the past three game weeks. He had started with a brace on the first match day and I would be inclined to put my money on him getting on the score sheet on Monday.
Parma – Antonio Cassano
Cassano has been a regular in the Italian team of late and his move to Parma from Milan in the off-season has been an inspired piece of business for this side. Cassano has 3 goals from 4 games this season and will look to continue his rich vein of goal scoring form.
Udinese (2.3 with BetVictor) should win but looking at the fact that Parma have scored in all their recent games, the third-placed team’s defence are in for a real test.
Expect a competitive fixture with goals – over 2.5 goals at 2.1 with bet365.