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  • December 11, 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: A. De Marco
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Serie A Preview: Udinese - Fiorentina

Serie A Preview: Udinese - Fiorentina

The Bianconeri need maximum points to sustain their push for Europe...

European Dream Lingers

Udinese may have suffered a 2-1 defeat to Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini last weekend but that shouldn't dampen their hopes of a place in Europe at the end of the season. The Bianconeri commenced 2010-11 as one of the candidates for a bottom-three place but 15 games into the campaign and things have altered.

Currently stationed in 11th place with 20 points from 15 matches, Francesco Guidolin's side are just three points behind Italian and European champions Inter, who lie fifth. Their defeat in Parma saw their two-game winning run end and they will be buoyant to bounce back.

Guidolin is confident that the Zebrette can do so and enthuses, "I'm sure we will return to winning ways in our next games. It would be foolish to let this defeat affect us.

"My team is in great form right now and we again demonstrated that at Parma.''

Europe Isn't Impossible

Up until last weekend Fiorentina appeared more of a bottom-three battler than a top-six fighter but it is exactly the opposite going into this weekend's action in the Italian top flight. Placed 12th in the standings with 19 points, the Viola are a comfortable seven points above the dropzone and just four off a Europa League slot.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side are coming off a narrow 1-0 win against Cagliari in Florence but they haven't won on the road all season and have collected just three points from seven away matches.

However, Fiorentina will head to Udine with confidence and optimism as Adrian Mutu has started to bang in the goals and defenders Per Koldrup, Felipe and Gianluca Comotto will return from suspension for this match.

TEAM NEWS

Udinese

Basta and Ferronetti remain injured. Domizzi is suspended.

Fiorentina

Natali, Gilardino, Pasqual, Montolivo, Jovetic and Frey are injured for the Viola.

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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
16Andrea CodaDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
33Mauricio IslaDefender
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
22Emanuele BelardiGoalkeeper
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
-Bernardo CorradiStriker
19Germán DenisStriker
7BaduMidfielder
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
25Gianluca ComottoDefender
-Per Billeskov KroldrupDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
8Adem LjajicStriker
-Marco DonadelMidfielder
66Juan VargasMidfielder
-Adrian MutuStriker
-Marcos MirandaGoalkeeper
-Michele CamporeseDefender
19FelipeDefender
-Marco MarchionniMidfielder
22Alessio CerciMidfielder
-Cristiano ZanettiMidfielder
9Khouma BabacarStriker
Players to Watch
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 0 0
Antonio Di Natale is in red-hot form for Udinese and has found the net nine times in the league this campaign. The veteran Italian striker scored a hat-trick against Napoli recently and he will be the main dangerman for Fiorentina's backline.
Adrian Mutu
Adrian Mutu
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Adrian Mutu scored the winner for Fiorentina against Cagliari and seems to have rediscovered his confidence. The Romanian striker is one of the key players for Fiorentina and against Udinese in Udine, he will have to be on top of his game.
Prediction
Udinese have a formidable record at home and it is very much likely that they will defeat Fiorentina in Udine.

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