One could make a case that Udinese’s first half of the season be viewed in two parts. Following their last-gasp opening day triumph at Juventus Stadium, Stefano Colantuono’s men would continue to fare better on their travels than at the Stadio Friuli, where defeats to Palermo, Empoli and Milan, followed by a draw with Genoa, meant that they took just one point from a possible 12 between August and October.
Matchday Nine, however, marked the beginning of a new trend to their campaign, with a 1-0 success over Frosinone sparking a much-improved return of 10 points from their last five fixtures in front of their own supporters.
Indeed, the fact that Udinese have the fifth worst home record in the league this term is almost entirely down to their early struggles. Were the season to have started the same weekend as that win over the Flying Donkeys, the team from north-east Italy would boast the fifth best record, trailing only Juve, Napoli, Milan and Roma.