Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(59) 35 Goals 24 (41)
(37) 14 Assists 11 (27)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.7)
26.5 Average Age 26.8
181.6 Average Height (cm) 181.5
(0.9) 1 Shots pg 1 (1)
(45%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 53% (53%)
(0.7) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.6) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.6 (2.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Luis Muriel Out 7.2
Giampiero Pinzi Out 6.92
Andrea Lazzari Out 6.9
Maurizio Domizzi Out 7.08
Mehdi Benatia Out 7.46
Dusan Basta Out 7.19
Player Reason Status Rating
Nene Out N/A
Mauricio Pinilla Out 6.7
Andrea Cossu Out 6.55

Team News

  • Guidolin is still having trouble with the defence, where both Benatia and Domizzi are injured.
  • Angella and Coda will replace the two absentees, joining Danilo, who will play in the centre.
  • Fabbrini and Maicosuel are in competition to parter Di Natale up front.
  • Coach Pulga will miss three attacking players since Nenè, Pinilla and Cossu will all be unavailable.
  • As it happened before in the season, Nainggolan will play in the trequartista position, so that Ekdal and Dessena will both find space in the midfield.
  • Thiago Ribeiro will start in attack with Sau, leaving Ibarbo out once again. Larrivey is no more an option since he had a mutual agreement with Cagliari and was set free.

Prediction

  • Udinese are without a victory in the last 5 league matches, and they also lost their last two Europa League games. Guidolin is facing the worst times of his reign, and his side look far less competitive than it has been in previous seasons.
  • After an impressive winning streak, Cagliari relied too much on points already obtained and dropped focus in the last four matches, bringing home only two points. The Sardinians will also have to travel for their longest trip, and their performance may be affected by that.
  • The away side will be missing a bunch of attacking players, so coach Pulga may think about damage limitation and field a balanced formation for a point. Guidolin is forced to seek victory to heal an unimpressive league position, so he may even think of tweaking the lineup and field a third forward should the score still be in the balance in the second half.
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