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.
Basta and Ferronetti remain injured. Domizzi is suspended.
Natali, Gilardino, Pasqual, Montolivo, Jovetic and Frey are injured for the Viola.