Udinese didn’t manage to begin their campaign in the way they would have been hoping, suffering a 2-1 away defeat to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.
A rocket into the roof of the net from Hernanes was soon followed by an Antonio Candreva penalty, and Francesco Guidolin’s men found themselves two behind within 16 minutes.
Luis Muriel got one back after beating the offside trap and chipping over Federico Marchetti, but the Zebrette weren’t able to create many further chances despite enjoying an equal share of the possession.
Things looked to be going much better in their next away trip to Chievo Verona when Maicosel found the net in the very first minute, but the Gialloblu made a spirited comeback in front of their home crowd at the Bentegodi through Sergio Pellissier and Luca Rigoni. Antonio Di Natale was rested during the first half, and though the deadly striker came on for the second, Chievo managed to hold on.
Guidolin’s side approached their next away game fresh from a morale-boosting 1-0 home win against Genoa, but their poor away form continued in their trip to Atalanta as they ended up defeated 2-0. German Denis was the Nerazzurri player who put the visitors to the sword.
Next came a fourth straight away loss, though it was closer this time against Milan at the San Siro. The Rossoneri were without Mario Balotelli amongst other notable absentees, but managed to clinch the win through a stunning Valter Birsa strike hit first time from outside the area.
The long-awaited first away win of the season arrived against Sassuolo on 30 October, with Udinese emerging 2-1 winners at the Mapei Stadium.
Di Natale put the visitors ahead with a cool penalty, but the lead lasted just seven minutes as Simone Zaza - the striker co-owned by Juventus - used his pace to latch on to a long ball that his marker had looked certain to reach first and then slot through Gianluca Pegolo’s legs. Muriel it was who scored the winner.
The team’s most recent away result was a 1-0 defeat to Catania, who are currently bottom of Serie A. Maxi Lopez’s penalty gifted the hosts all three points in a game that Udinese were unlucky to lose having twice hit the woodwork.
Playing with the now widespread 3-5-2 formation, Udinese have sometimes struggled to put the ball in the back of the net this season.
They do create chances – their 12 shots on target in their last game against Fiorentina were more than any other side on that matchday – but have found it difficult to convert them: while Juventus have scored in all of their last 26 league games (a current record in Serie A), Udinese have not done so in five of the last eight fixtures.
The Zebrette are the only team not to have scored a header, and nor have they struck from outside the area in open play, but they have found the net with more indirect free-kicks than any other side (as well as two from direct free-kicks courtesy of Di Natale).
Only Catania have a worse away record than Udinese, who have conceded in every game they have played outside of the Stadio Friuli this season.