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  • November 25, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 17000
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Serie A Preview: Udinese v Roma

Luis Enrique takes his capital side to the Friuli on Friday to face a team who look to be genuine Scudetto challengers in 2011-12 and last season's Serie A top scorer


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


UDINESE

Handanovic
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero
Floro Flores
Di Natale


ROMA

Stekelenburg
Perotta, Cassetti, Heinze, Taddei
Pjanic, De Rossi, Gago
Lamela
Bojan, Osvaldo

Francesco Guidolin has a relatively settled side, with the coach likely to stick with his 3-5-1-1 formation that has Antonio Di Natale leading the line. The only major selection decision will see Floro Flores start ahead of Romanian Gabriel Torje.

For the visitors, Marco Cassetti could be given the nod by coach Luis Enrique in the centre of defence ahead of summer acquisition Simon Kjaer. Likewise, Jose Angel should be usurped at full-back by Rodrigo Taddei.

Francesco Totti is likely to be another week away from fitness, as is midfielder David Pizarro. Striker Marco Borriello should however have recovered in time to take a spot on the bench.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Both Udinese and Roma have won three and lost three of their last six competitive matches.
  • Francesco Guidolin's side have defeated Roma in three out of their last four meetings at the Stadio Friuli.
  • Antonio Di Natale (pictured) has netted eight goals in 10 Serie A appearances so far this season.
  • Roma, however, emerged victorious in the corresponding fixture in 2010-11, courtesy of a 93rd-minute winner from captain Francesco Totti.
  • The capital club are currently four points behind Udinese in the league table, with 17 points from their 11 matches played.
  • Roma finished three points behind Friday's opponents in the 2010-11 season, eventually ending the campaign in sixth spot.

Players to watch

S. Handanovič

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The shot-stopper has been in blistering form this season, gathering admiring glances from across Europe for his superb reflexes and ability to command his area. His displays will need to continue if his team are to maintain their charge at the summit of Serie A.

P. Osvaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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After a slow start, Osvaldo is beginning to justify his considerable price tag by becoming Roma's chief goal getter at the business end of the pitch. His instincts inside the penalty area continue to be refined, and Udinese must remain vigilant to keep him at bay.

Editor's Prediction

The visitors are the model of inconsistency this season but have shown indications that they are becoming an organised unit under Luis Enrique. Antonio Di Natale continues to be prolific for the hosts, however, and a share of the points may be the eventual outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Udinese

Roma

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
Draw
AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
21%
67%

Top 3 Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
1 - 2
AS Roma ROM
Udinese Calcio UDI
1 - 3
AS Roma ROM
Udinese Calcio UDI
2 - 1
AS Roma ROM

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