Udinese didn’t have much chances to stay undefeated last time out, as the side visited Atalanta and suffered 2:0 defeat last Sunday afternoon. Their opponents were better from the start but the goals came only in second part.
Home team upped the tempo in last thirty minuted but deserved the lead even before that, sealing it finally via Petagna in 68th and Masiello in 74th minute. Visiting side was limited to a very defensive role and did close to nothing in attack.
The team now stands at 12th position for the moment, having nine points more than relegating placed Crotone and are still not in danger despite six consecutive defeats.
Midfielders Valon Behrami (17/1), Seko Fofana (23/2) and forward Kevin Lasagna (21/7) are all three doubtful with little chance to play here. Central back Gabriele Angella (12/0) and offensive Emil Halfredsson (15/0) are also injured and out. Hosts should be playing with Lopez as central striker and Paul as offensive support in 3-5-1-1 formation.
Fiorentina, on the other side, didn’t have that difficult job last Sunday afternoon as then won over relegating struggling Crotone and took a three pointer in a 2:0 victory. Simeone brought the home team into the lead already in third minute, while Viola had more and more ball possession as the time progressed and controlled the game.
Guests stood playing with a man less in 57th minuten when Capuano got red carded, while Chiesa sealed the victory for the hosts in 62nd minute. It was fourth consecutive victory for Viola, as the side now stands at eight position with six points less in comparison to sixth placed AC Milan.
Midfielder Milan Badelj (25/2) and forward Cyril Thereau (21/5) are injured and out. Guests are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Saponara and Chiesa on the wings, plus Simeone as central striker.
~ Udinese have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 8 matches against Fiorentina.
~ Fiorentina have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Udinese.
~ Udinese have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Fiorentina.
Fiorentina seems to be in a very good momentum now and for sure will want to keep up the momentum and reach the Europa League in the end. Udinese is in a poor form now, but not always playing as poor as their current trend shows. Udinese might easily be as attacking as possible, however players of Fiorentina still remain quite a favorite in this clash.