Serie A Preview: Udinese vs. Empoli

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Updated: August 28, 2014
Udinese

Match Date: 31 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadio Friulli

 

Udinese will be missing out the European competitions this season. The club failed to qualify in the Champions or Europa League due to its lackluster performance. To note, the club had to be satisfied with a 13th place finish. It was disappointing and frustrating at the same time, but on a lighter note, it also gives them the opportunity to regroup.

 

As for Empoli, going against Udinese is its first acid test this season.

 

The contenders

Udinese

Udinese’s new beginning starts with the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni as the club’s new head honcho. He will be replacing Francesco Guidolin and hopefully, revive the team’s hunger for winning.

 

Other than Stramaccioni, the Zebrettes did well in the transfer market. The squad is expecting a new face in their midfield. Likewise, Udinese bolstered its defence via the acquisition of Nicola Belmonte.

 

The club also acquired the services of the 18-year old Swedish midfield prodigy, Melker Hallberg.

 

Empoli

Empoli will be working on its survival this season. Incurring a reputation of being a yoyo club, it will need to prove that their Serie A status is far from being short-lived. It may not be an easy task considering the fact that they will be facing one of the strongest teams in the league. But the very least that they can do is pull off a draw, be content with a single point instead of dropping three (3) points.
Empoli knows the level of difficulty, which they need to address. This is why they have been very busy in the transfer market. Empoli’s new recruits are players who are determined to impress their parent clubs. This means that they will be capitalizing on loanees.

 

Possible head turners

Just recently, the 18-year old Hallberg bagged the Newcomer of the Year award in Allsvenskan. Such readily characterizes his strong pedigree as a player and the possible contributions he can offer to Udinese.

 

Many are also expecting impressive performances from Empoli’s Diego Laxalt, Rodrigo Aguirre and Matias Vecio. These are the loanees from big clubs, who are trying to acquire more playing time.

 

What the odds say

Udinese is the ultimate sports betting favorite in the said match. The squad is valued to win at 1.78 in 12BET.

 

 

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