Salernitana take on the visitors Udinese in the round 2 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, August 28th at Stadio Arechi (Salerno).
Salernitana are beginning its third consecutive season in Italy's top division. The Seahorses achieved only one promotion to Serie A throughout the last century, and that was only for a year. It seemed that the long-awaited return would be just as short. However, in 2022, Davide Nicola managed to once again demonstrate his unique football Munchausen ability, successfully keeping this outsider newcomer in Serie A. However, Nicola's tenure as coach was short-lived – he was removed, notably on his second attempt. This turned out to be beneficial: his successor, Paulo Sousa, despite his controversial reputation and recent failures, brought progress to the team's play, ultimately finishing in a comfortable 15th position after returning to Italy. Moreover, even after the break, the Portuguese managed to start well. They first narrowly won against Ternana in the cup. Then, they held fellow countryman Mourinho's Roma to a 2-2 draw, with Belotti and Candreva exchanging goals.
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Udinese are not the kind of club that brings pleasant or negative surprises. Around a decade ago, during the time of Di Natale, The Zebras reached 3rd place in Serie A and played in the Champions League. However, people have grown accustomed to seeing them as at best a mid-tier team, often sliding towards the battle for survival in the top division, regardless of the coach. Andrea Sottil had an energetic start when he took over a year ago. But after a series of wins at the beginning of the previous season, the Bianconeri faded and eventually finished 12th, roughly at the familiar level. After the break, the team, which is traditionally active in refreshing the squad during the offseason (even managing to secure €10 million for the acquisition of Brenner from Cincinnati), started with a convincing 4-1 victory over Catanzaro in the cup. However, in Serie A, they suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat against Juventus.
After their return to Serie A, The Seahorses managed to achieve a positive balance against The Zebras. They initially exchanged wins with their opponents from Friuli, and last season they took 4 out of 6 possible points. A slight advantage is given to the away team. However, Paulo Sousa's team is performing well, so betting on their victory with a handicap of 0 could be considered.
Prediction for the match: Salernitana to win with 0.0 handicap.