Soccer: The Italian Serie A

Inter Milan v Udinese – Saturday 3rd December – San Siro Milan (21:45)

Inter Milan v Udinese

The Italian Serie A is starting to take shape, with a lot of the so called smaller teams proving their worth and contesting with the big guns at the top of the table. This campaign looks very balanced as the big guns of the league find it difficult to dispatch their opponents and often are surprised by the quality of the smaller clubs.

Inter Milan are having a rough season as they struggle to emulate their glory of 2 years ago. They are currently lagging in a dismal 12th spot with 14 points thus far. Inter have been struggling to find the back of the net this season as they have yet to really replace the lethal Samuel Eto’o. They brought in the likes of Diego Forlán to lead the line but the Uruguayan has been a shadow of himself in recent times as he struggles to adapt to the Italian league.  Claudio Ranieri was brought in to replace the Brazilian Leonardo and try steer the club away from their worst finish in years as Inter always contest for the title. Results have improved slightly under Ranieri but Inter are still not the force they use to be. Some players seem very unsettled with the likes of Wesley Sneijder been chased by Man United and Maicon been pursued by Barcelona. The squad is going through a confidence crises and Ranieri will have to find a solution soon rather than later.

Udinese are in the form of their lives as they have battled their way to 3rd on the table. They upset Roma this past weekend as they beat the Italian giants 2-0. Manager Francesco Guidolin has taken his team to greater heights as they play a brand of football that has been compared to the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona. They prefer to put together a lot of passes which has made it difficult for their opponents plus their defence does not give much away which is a major factor for the “Little Zebras”. Udinese has proved this season that their home ground is a fortress as they have yet to be defeated in six encounters and have the 3rd highest goal difference in the league. The manager will be looking to go one step further than last campaign as they finished 4th. Their danger man and captain, Antonio Di Natale, is in outstanding form as he has shipped in 9 goals thus far and is the second highest goal scorer in the league. The key for Udinese will be to keep their top asset fit and he will be vital for them in their challenge for the title.

This will be a tough encounter as both teams know the win is vital for their course. These two should cancel each other out and play to the draw.
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