Serie A – Udinese to face Lecce on Match-day 13

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This Friday sees Udinese go head to head with Lecce at the Stadio Friuli – Kick-off 8:45pm GMT.

It’s a trip to the Stadio Friuli for eighth placed Udinese on Friday, as they take on seventeenth placed Lecce.

Udinese arrive at this match, having secured 22 points so far this season

Udinese’s next opponents will smell blood if they begin the next match with all guns blazing. Whilst it’s understandable that they may want to do this, after their recent 0-0 draw at Cremonese and previous loss to Torino, Bianconeri must get a positive result and keep defensively solid.

Also, Udinese keep finding ways to win, having secured six victories in their last 10 matches is astonishing this season. Their position is eighth in the League and they have 22 points, that is, 6W, 2L and 4D having won six meetings, drawn four games, and lost two matches.

Playing at home, Udinese have won three meetings, drawn two fixtures, and lost one game.

Udinese will have 25 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good Attacking Performance

Udinese have a good scoring record this season, with 20 netted so far. Their stand out attacking players have been Beto (5), Gerard Deulofeu (2), and Iyenoma Destiny Udogie (2). Udinese have conceded 12 goals.

Injury and illness have depleted Andrea Sottil’s Udinese and they will likely be missing three key personnel for Friday’s match.

Lecce’s Serie A season, has so far seen them gain eight points, going into this game

Lecce come to this match on the back of a 0-1 home loss against Juventus at Via Del Mare.

Also, Lecce have a huge task to over-turn their rivals in this fixture, having already lost two meetings this season. With eight points, they currently sit seventeenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 1 wins, 6 losses and 5 draws having won one game, drawn five games, and lost six games.

Lecce now travel, knowing that their current away form is woeful. So far this season they have won one game, drawn one game, and lost four fixtures matches on the road.

Winning this fixture will see Lecce on 11 points.

Lecce’s squad will likely be depleted of two of their key players when they start on Friday, due to injury or illness.

Udinese v Lecce – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Udinese and Lecce have faced each other 27 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Udinese’s favour (17 – 9). Further, Lecce have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of Udinese in twelve out of the last 20 meetings with them. Their most recent encounter in this competition Lecce delivered a 1-2 away win.

Players to watch

For Udinese, Beto scoredfive goals in 12 League fixtures so far, while Gabriel Strefezza contributed withfour goals in 12 League games this season for Lecce.

Other players of note for Udinese are Beto and Gerard Deulofeu with five goals both and for Lecce are Assan Ceesay and Joan Gonzalez with three goals and two goals respectively.