The Friuliani's destiny is in their own hands as they need only a draw at the Angelo Massimino on Sunday to secure a Champions League qualifying berth for the second year running
Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese
Izco, Almiron, Seymour
Gomez, Catellani, Barrientos
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Pereyra, Pinzi, Asamoah, Pasquale
Catania could be set to bid farewell to a number of personnel in the summer if reports are to believed, as Sunday's match may mark not only an end to the 2011-12 season, but also an era in Sicily. Coach Vincenzo Montella has been tipped with a return to Roma as Luis Enrique's successor, while Cristian Llama and Nicolas Spolli may follow the young trainer to the Olimpico.
Regardless, the Elefanti go into the clash with Udinese with a depleted squad. Gonzalo Bergessio and Ciro Capuano face late fitness tests, but David Suazo, Marco Biagianti, Alessandro Potenza and Cristian Llama are all missing through injury. Francesco Lodi is also suspended, meaning Spolli, Felipe Seymore and Andrea Catellani come into the XI.
Meanwhile for Udinese, an unchanged lineup is expected from the 2-0 victory over Genoa last week, but Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. Mauricio Isla and Damiano Ferronetti all miss out, as the Zebrette only need a point to seal the last Champions League qualifying spot due to their superior head-to-head record with nearest challengers Lazio.
|DID YOU KNOW|
- Udinese have won three of their last five meetings with Catania.
- However, the visitors have emerged victors just twice at the Angelo Massimino, with the hosts coming out on top on the other six occasions.
- Udinese ended a five-game winless run away from home by beating Cesena two weeks ago.
- Catania have won just one of their last four home games, losing two and drawing one.
- Vincenzo Montella's side have scored the most goals from set-piece situations in this Serie A campaign, with 27.
- They have also had the most goals scored by defenders this season in Serie A (10).