Date: 24th January 2020 at 6:00pm
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Udinese have struggled for success at the Stadio Ennio Tardini of late but will be out to put that right on Sunday afternoon when they make the trip southwest to Parma.

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Parma (4-3-3): Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo; Kucka, Scozzarella, Hernani; Kulusevski, Cornelius, Kurtic.

Unavailable: Gervinho, Karamoh, Inglese.

Udinese (3-5-2): Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Stryger Larsen, De Paul, Mandragora, Fofana, Sema; Lasagna, Okaka.

Unavailable: Samir.

KEY STATISTICS

– Parma have won their last two Serie A meetings with Udinese and could win three such games in a row for the first time since November 2011.

– Udinese have only won one of their last eight Serie A visits to Parma (D2, L5), a 3-0 win in April 2013 under Francesco Guidolin (a brace for Muriel and a Roberto Pereyra goal).

– Parma have won five of their 10 Serie A home games this season (D1 L4), their best tally at home in a single Serie A campaign at this stage of the competitions since 2012/13 (six wins).

– Udinese have drawn only one of their last 15 Serie A away matches (W4 D10) – this coming in one of the two matches in which they have kept the clean sheet in the process (0-0 v Verona).

– Since 2018/19, Udinese have failed to score in the most Serie A games on the road (13/29) but they have found the net in the last three such matches and they could score in four in a row for the first time since November 2018.

– Udinese have scored 1.4 league goals per game on average under Luca Gotti: the last Udinese coach to have averaged a higher ratio in his first 10 Serie A games was Massimo Oddo (1.7), who recorded six victories (D2 L2).

– Parma are one of the four side yet to lose a single Serie A game from leading situations this season (alongside Roma, Lecce and Inter), whilst only Brescia (five) have lost more such matches than Udinese (four).

– No side has hit the woodwork fewer times than Udinese in Serie A this season (three), with two of them coming in the opening three minutes of play.

– Only Ciro Immobile (one goal every 68 minutes) has a better mins/goals ratio than Parma’s Andreas Cornelius (every 80) among the players with 4+ goals scored in Serie A this season.

– After having scored against Milan the last time out, Udinese’s striker Kevin Lasagna could find the net in two successive Serie A appearances for the first time since March 2019 (also in two games on the road in a row – v Juventus and Napoli).