Udinese vs Inter Milan: Serie A Preview & Potential Line-ups
Dacia Arena is the venue as high-flying Udinese and resurgent Inter Milan go head-to-head in a top-six Serie A six-pointer.
Sunday's Serie A action gets underway at Friuli, which houses arguably the most in-form side in Italy's top flight.
Udinese picked themselves up from a 1-0 halftime deficit to dispatch out-of-sorts Sassuolo 3-1 at the Mapei Stadium last time out and take their winning league streak to four matches.
Keen to make it five Serie A victories in a row for the first time since December 2017, the Friulians will be out to avenge an underwhelming nine-game winless league run against Inter (D2, L7).
Indeed, you'd have to go back to 2017 for Udinese's last top-flight triumph against the Nerazzurri, courtesy of a 3-1 thumping at Giuseppe Meazza.
But they have struggled to cope with these opponents on home turf, racking up just two wins from their last 19 Serie A H2Hs at Friuli (D6, L11), most recently in 2013.
All that can encourage Inter's bid to defy their indifferent spell of form and calm fans' nerves ahead of the upcoming international break.
No strangers to upsetting pre-match favorites, Udinese picked Roma apart in an overwhelming 4-0 triumph in their last Serie A fixture at Friuli, showing they know no fear.
Led by new manager Andrea Sottil, the Friulians have enjoyed their joint-best six-match start to a new top-flight season, underpinning their status as the season's surprise package thus far.
However, they'll need to beat the odds again against an opposition they've failed to score against across four of their last five league H2Hs at this venue.
Visiting Inter have been the epitome of inconsistency early in the season, alternating between winning (3) and losing (L2) in their last five Serie A outings.
Worryingly for Simone Inzaghi's men, they have lost back-to-back away league matches in the build-up to this fixture, conceding precisely three goals on each occasion.
But the Nerazzurri should feel confident about turning their fortunes around as they've lost none of their last nine top-flight meetings with Udinese (W7, D2).
Udinese vs Inter Potential Line-ups
Udinese (3-5-2): Marco Silvestri; Nehuen Perez, Rodrigo Becao, Bram Nuytinck; Roberto Pereyra, Lazar Samardzic, Walace, Jean-Victor Makengo, Destiny Udogie; Gerard Deulofeu, Beto.
Inter (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko.