Fiorentina have won their last two league matches played (not counting the brief water polo outing at Genoa), and look to continue the run; unfortunately that means surviving a trip to Udine, one of the worst venues for Fiorentina. As commentator egaleotti pointed out in the Transfer Tuesday thread, Fiorentina are 1-4-1 in their last 6 matches at Udine. The last win away there came in the Coppa Italia, in 2012.
Under new head coach Giuseppe Iachini, the Bianconeri Friuliani are currently in 12th place and have looked solid but average, having scored 4 goals and conceded 6 in 4 games, having most recently lost to Chievo Verona. Iachini has never defeated Fiorentina as a coach, but this is his first shot at it for Udinese.
Ghanian international midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was recently awarded the top Ghanan scorer in Serie A, and while that doesn't make him a particularly prolific goal scorer, he remains a core piece alongside notorious Viola killer Cyril Thereau, and the backline Brazilian partnership of Danilo and the infamous Felipe; fellow Fiorentina flop Panagiotis Kone will likely remain on the bench.
Last weekend Fiorentina had their best moment of the season so far, defeating a Roma side at home which often gave them problems. Fiorentina are currently in 8th place with a game in hand. Although three goals scored and two conceeded don't tell the entire story with only three games played, it gives a hint to the type of football Paulo Sousa has emphasized so far this year. The team has looked mostly awful in front of the net, but the back line has looked solid, with Carlos Sanchez leading a more industrial midfield that has used its passing skills more for protection than creativity.
Speculation is that Federico Bernareschi will finally get a start ahead of the off form Cristian Tello, with Maxi Olivera also getting the start on the other wing. Carlos Salcedo is likely to start for an injured Davide Astori after a promising debut against PAOK. Up front, Sousa is believed to favor a return of the Nikola Kalinic and Khouma Babacar pairing ahead of Borja Valero, despite the similarites in their playing style.
Udinese: (4-3-1-2) Karnezis; Wague, Danilo, Felipe, Armero; Badu, Kums, Hallfredsson; De Paul; Thereau, Duvan Zapata
FIORENTINA: (3-4-1-2) Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Gonzalo, Salcedo; Bernardeschi, Sanchez, Badelj, Olivera; Borja; Kalinic, Babacar
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