In their prior meeting, Udinese dominated at the Stadio Friuli.
Despite Robert Donadoni’s squad taking an early lead thanks to a goal by Jose Mauri, Andre Stramaccioni’s side managed to come back to win 4 – 2 over I Crociati with goals from Thomas Heurtaux, Cyril Thereau, and a brace by Captain Antonio Di Natale.
The September match is reflective of Parma’s overall season so far, as they sit dead last in the Serie A table with 10 points. With only three wins, two draws, and a whopping 18 losses, Parma has had a very disappointing year thus far.
And, to make matters worse, the club is struggling off the field as much as on.
Parma was visited by debt collectors earlier this week, who reported seized vehicles after the team failed to meet a deadline to pay outstanding debts. The club is said to owe €100,000 in overdue tax payments.
However, Parma’s luck my change on Sunday, with their home match against the Zebrette; two of the three wins that Donadoni’s side has this season have been at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
To add to that, Udinese are currently facing a slump of their own; the Zebrette have not earned a full three points since an away win at Empoli on January 23.
In fact, the 1 – 2 win for the Little Zebras has been their only win in all of 2015.
Both teams will be looking to claim all three points, not just to climb the Serie A table, but also to mend their current bruised egos.
Unfortunately, both squads will have players missing for the redemption match. Parma’s Jorquera, Zouhair Feddal, and Lukas Haraslin are expected to miss the match, as is Jonathan Biabiany, who is still out monitoring a heart condition.
Udinese will also be short two players, as Alexandre Geijo and Mauricio Domizzi are out injured.
Form Guide: Parma (D-L-L-L-L-L) Udinese (L-L-D-W-L-D)
Expected Staring XIs
Parma: Seeking; Cassani, Costa, Lucarelli, Gobbi; J. Mauri, Mariga, Nocerino; Varela, Palladino, C. Rodriguez.
Udinese: Karnezis; Heurtaux, Danilo, Piris; Widmer, Kone, Guilherme, Allan, Pasquale; Thereau, Di Natale.