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  • February 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: D. Doveri
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Serie A Preview: Udinese - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Udinese - Bologna

The Bianconeri are in the top six and suddenly European ambitions have been conceived...

From Relegation Battlers To European Contenders

Last season around this time Udinese were bracing themselves for a lengthy battle with relegation, now they are flirting with the idea of playing in Europe. The Bianconeri's turnaround has been as much romantic as encouraging; for a side of their modest resources and means they are doing extremely well in rubbing shoulders with Italy's big boys.

At the weekend Udinese got the better of Juventus 2-1 in Turin and it was the second successive match in which they had humbled an Italian giant. Prior to that victory they had punctuated Italian and European champions Inter's five-game winning streak by dismissing them 3-1 in Udine and have won four of their five league encounters in January, drawing the other one.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten at the Stadio Friuli since September 19 and have won their last six games at home, and against a Bologna side terribly poor on the road, they will be expected to win. Udinese are currently sixth in the league standings with 36 points from 22 matches, but coach Francesco Guidolin has urged his players not to let this success dance into their heads.

"We have to allow our fans to dream,'' said Guidolin. "But in order to do so, we cannot fall asleep. In a couple of months we will see where we stand.

"We simply cannot get over-confident, we have to take it one game at a time. Wins give you further motivation and an added strength but I have a very serious side that works hard and will continue to do so.''

Encouraging Run Of Results

Bologna remain in danger of suffering relegation from Serie A as with 25 points from 21 matches they are just five points ahead of third-from-bottom Cesena, but the Rossoblu have shown signs of improvements in the new year and can be optimistic of survival.

This weekend their game against Roma was postponed because of bad weather but prior to that Bologna had destroyed Scudetto-chasing Lazio 3-1 at home. It helped them get over defeats to Inter and Napoli and kept them on track to Serie A survival.

The Felsinei have lost just once in their last five league games but have a poor away record, having won just twice in 11 league encounters. In the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, however, Bologna defeated Udinese 2-1 at home and will be hopeful of getting something from Udine tonight.


TEAM NEWS

Udinese

Basta, Ferronetti, Angella and Handanovic are injured while Alexis Sanchez is suspended.

Bologna

Ramirez is injured for Bologna while Gimenez is suspended.

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Last Five Matches
Udinese
Aug 24, 2014Udinese 5 - Ternana 1ITAC
May 17, 2014Udinese 3 - Sampdoria 3ITA1
May 10, 2014Hellas Verona 2 - Udinese 2ITA1
May 4, 2014Udinese 5 - Livorno 3ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Torino 2 - Udinese 0ITA1
Bologna
Aug 29, 2014Perugia 2 - Bologna 1ITA2
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2ITA1
May 4, 2014Genoa 0 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 26, 2014Bologna 0 - Fiorentina 3ITA1
Odds
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Available Squads
22Emanuele BelardiGoalkeeper
16Andrea CodaDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
33Mauricio IslaDefender
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
19Germán DenisStriker
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
12Jan KoprivecGoalkeeper
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
7BaduMidfielder
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
11Juan CuadradoMidfielder
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
-Bernardo CorradiStriker
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
15Diego PérezMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
7Francesco Della RoccaMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
-Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
9Marco Di VaioStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
-Andrea EspositoDefender
3Archimede MorleoDefender
-Antonio BuscèMidfielder
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
-Massimo MutarelliMidfielder
Prediction
Udinese have a strong record at home and given the confidence they have at the moment, the Bianconeri should skip past the challenge of Bologna with relative comfort.

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