Udinese Vs. Pescara, Preview: Will this be Udinese's week?

Dino Panato

Watching Udinese play this season, it's tough to remember they finished third last year. Perhaps a win over Pescara could kick them into gear.

It seems as though every week, the question is asked: will this be the round that Udinese picks themselves back up and looks like a team that made it to the qualifying round of the Champions League? But then we shake our heads and remind ourselves that the zebrette don't look like such a team because they're not that team. While Francesco Guidolin did a fine job last season replacing his big names with unknown talent, this time around, the side hasn't gelled.

And, even worse, Udinese don't look like they're set to do so. The club gambled once again, and this time, it may not pay off. They're currently in 14th place, having picked up just six points from seven rounds, and haven't won since beating AC Milan nearly a month ago. That being said, they fought admirably against Napoli the last time out and they beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League. Antonio Di Natale is no longer being shunned. This could be the week Udi turn things around.

Pescara, surprisingly, sit just above their hosts in the table. Before losing 3-0 to Lazio, they'd won two in a row -- albeit against Palermo and Cagliari, not exactly formidable competition. But Udinese would do well to worry about Vladimir Weiss, who might only have two goals thus far this season, but both of them terrific. The Slovak can really frustrate defenses, particularly when they've grown tired.

Udinese Injuries and Suspensions

Dusan Basta, Luis Muriel, Marco Faraoni and Agyemang Badu

Gee, Udi could really do with the return of Dusan Basta.

Pescara Injuries and Suspensions

Giuseppe Colucci, Alessandro Crescenzi, Uros Cosic and Luca Savelloni.

Colucci's played in every Pescara match this season, so his being missing from midfield could present a problem.

Match Date / Time: Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET

Location: Stadio Friuli, Udine

TV: Sky Calcio 3 (Italy)

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