Have Udinese truly recovered from their disappointing start to the season? The zebrette are unbeaten in three, and beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro last weekend. But midweek saw Udinese in a disappointing draw with Torino, a match the home side would have won if not for the defensive prowess of the woodwork. And Željko Brkić, of course. Without their impressive Serbian giant in goal, Udinese would likely have an even greater goal difference. As it is, four of the nine goals scored against them came after Brkić's sending off against Juventus. So the home side likely has the strength to hold Genoa, but do they have the power to overcome? Antonio Di Natale was rested midweek, but the diminutive forward needs more support than he's been getting.
In Genoa, meanwhile, Marco Borriello is laughing at all of you who questioned Gigi De Canio's announcement that the veteran would bag 20 goals this season. Granted, Boriello's still got 18 to go, but the striker's been undergoing a bit of a renaissance. He single-footedly broke Lazio's perfect record and then earned his side a last-ditch point against Parma. Of course, he also missed from the spot with his first attempt, so he still remains Marco Borriello. He won't save Genoa, but he'll make Udinese nervous.
Udinese Injuries And Suspensions:
Muriel and Maurizio Domizzi
In doubt: Diego Fabbrini
Genoa Injuries And Suspensions:
In doubtl: Boško Janković
Match Date/Time: 12:30 p.m. local, 6:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy
TV: Sky Calcio 1 (Italy), ESPN UK, RAI Internazionale