With 26 of their 38 total points arriving at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese’s home form has been pivotal in lifting them safely above the relegation zone to their current standing in 14th place.
Overall, they have picked up eight wins, two draws and five defeats in Udine, a sequence that began positively with a 3-1 victory over Parma in their opening home game.
And they have really come into their own at the Friuli recently, following up a period of losing five out six league games there by winning four of the last five.
Crucial to their successes has been an impressive home defensive record bettered only by Roma, Juventus and Napoli this season.
Last match at the Stadio Friuli: Udinese 1-0 Catania, 31 March
Zebrette captain Antonio Di Natale thrusted the hosts to victory over struggling Catania in their last game at the Stadio Friuli, getting down low to head home a cross from the right to put them on 38 points.
First, though, 17-year-old rising star Simone Scuffet had to make a number of excellent saves to deny Jaroslav Plasil and Gonzalo Bergessio amongst others.
And the goalkeeper had to be strong after the 68th-minute goal too, thwarting a Rossazzurri side fighting for their lives again and again as the visitors recorded a total of 20 shots.
But Francesco Guidolin’s men held on, and now approach hosting the champions of Italy with a win under their belt at the venue for tonight’s clash.