High-flying Udinese will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they travel to Veneto on Monday to face Verona.
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona)
Hellas Verona have lost four of their opening seven games this season (W1, D2)
They have failed to score in three of their last seven league games.
The hosts have conceded 2+ goals in three of their last seven matches.
Udinese have won their last five consecutive matches.
They have scored 2+ goals in five of their last seven matches this season
The visitors have kept three clean sheets in the league this season.
They have scored the joint-most goals in the league so far (15 goals).
Verona’s Lorenzo Montipò is yet to keep a clean sheet this league season but has a personal-joint high two Serie A shutouts from his four matches against Udinese.
Head to head
Udinese have won four of the last ten Serie A meetings between both sides. Verona have three wins in those ten games (D3).
Latest performances in all competitions
After finishing a respectable ninth position last season under Igor Tudor, many expected Hellas Verona to kick on to newer heights under new coach Gabriele Cioffi who joined Hellas Verona from Udinese before this Serie A (SA) campaign started.
But seven games into the new season, things have gone south for Cioffi who have overseen one win and four losses (D1) in his first seven league games at the club. Consecutive 2-0 losses before the international break has left the Verona coach looking over his shoulder as his come into this tie closer to the foot of the table than to the top half where they are at least expected to aim for.
Rumours of the club being up for sale has not helped Cioffi, who needs as much focus as he can get to help rectify the ongoing poor on-field performances. The hosts are in danger of collecting three consecutive Serie A scoring blanks for the first time since April 2018 if they fail to record a goal here.
But there’s hope coming into this one given Verona are unbeaten in five of their previous six Serie A head-to-heads (W2, D3, L1).
Possible Verona starting line-up
Lorenzo Montipo; Diego Coppola, Isak Hien, Federico Ceccherini; Marco Davide Faraoni, Ivan Ilic, Darko Lazovic, Miguel Veloso, Josh Doig; Kevin Lasagna, Thomas Henry.
After collecting just one point from his opening two league games of the season, no one expected new coach Andrea Sottil and his Udinese side to be where they are presently.
The visitors were the talk of the Serie A in September after they recorded a 100% win rate last month. Under Sottil who scooped September’s Serie A Coach of the Month award, I Bianconeri have been turned into surprise top-four contenders as they come into this tie with five consecutive league wins.
Among those wins was included commanding wins over Roma (4-0) and Inter Milan (3-1). However, the boss reiterated that he wanted his side to “keep feet planted on the ground” after that result over Inter and his side continue their quest to play in Europe for the first time since the 20121/3 season.
Having already matched their best seven-game top-flight start in terms of points (16), Udinese can now post six straight SA wins for the first time since the 2012/13 season. A win in this game could also potentially make them league leaders too, depending on results elsewhere.
Possible Udinese starting line-up
Marco Silvestri; Rodrigo Becao, Enzo Ebosse, Nehuen Perez; Roberto Pereyra, Sandi Lovric, Walace, Tolgay Arslan, Destiny Udogie; Gerard Deulofeu, Isaac Success.
Injured: Adam Masina
Doubtful: Leonardo Buta
Hellas Verona 1-4 Udinese