Luca Gotti could lose his job if Udinese fail to get something from the encounter with Serie A contenders Inter this weekend. The Adria native has spent the majority of his career as an assitant, but was handed the reins on a permanent basis last November after Igor Tudor’s dismissal.
Where and when: Stadio Friuli, Udine – 23 January, kick-off 17:00
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Last time: Romelu Lukaku hit a second-half brace.
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Gotti is reportedly close to the axe, but to his credit, achieved his objective of keeping the team in the division last term and will be remembered fondly by the supporters.
Rodrigo De Paul will be the chief threat for the Zebrette and there is great surprise the South American is still plying his trade in Udine. The South American is admired by the Nerazzurri, Juventus and a host of heavyweight teams on the continent and the vice-captain is 15/2 to open proceedings.
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Kevin Lasagna is in demand with Benevento and Verona keen to snap up the attacker this month, but the board are unlikely to sanction a move until the treatment room clears. The skipper is 12/5 to net anytime and Udinese are 19/4 to pull off a shock result and a stalemate is 16/5.
Confidence is sky high in Antonio Conte’s camp after the 2-0 victory over Scudetto holders Juventus. The Nerazzurri fully deserved the three points and outclassed the Bianconeri in every department.
Nicolo Barella laid off an assist and got the decisive second and was the star of the show. The all-action midfielder deservedly earned the plaudits and is one of the first names on the team-sheet for both club and country. The 23-year-old, recently linked to Liverpool, has the ability to play for any side in Europe and is 3/1 to strike anytime.
Lukaku is 3/1 to break the deadlock and partner Lautaro Martinez can be found at 4/1. The duo had very quiet games by their own very high standards but Conte won’t be troubled, in fact, the former Chelsea tactician will be thrilled his squad were able to prove they could win without contributions from the star forwards.
Alexis Sanchez and Ivan Perisic should get runouts after the break and are 13/8 and 11/5, respectively, to register anytime. The Nerazzurri are 4/7 to emerge triumphant and maintain the pressure on Milan.
One to watch for Udinese: Roberto Pereyra was scoring for the national team 18 months ago and is desperate to return to the Argentina fold. The two-time Serie A champion is 14/1 to notch last.
One to watch for Inter: Achraf Hakimi has 10 goal involvements to his name from the right flank and can expect to see plenty of the ball. The flying Moroccan is 4/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: The Zebrette have been ravaged by injury and only have two recognised attackers fit for selection. Ignacio Pussetto, Gerard Deulofeu, Stefano Okaka and Fernando Forestieri are all on the treatment table and Gotti has limited options on his substitutes bench. A 4-0 success in favour of a buoyant away dressing room is 22/1.