Prediction and odds for the game: Udinese 9/2) vs Juventus (4/7)
We are backing the away win
When: Thursday, 23rd July 2020, Kick-off 18:30
Where: The Dacia Arena
On Thursday night, Udinese host Juventus at the Dacia Arena, in what could be a massive game at both ends of the Serie A table.
The home team are still not mathematically sure of their Serie A status for next season. However, they look pretty secure, as 18th place Lecce are seven points behind Luca Gotti’s team at the wrong end of the table.
They should be well clear of the drop zone, but a recent poor run of form has hindered their chances mathematically securing their top-flight status. A 2-1 defeat at Napoli last time out means that they are winless in three league matches, including suffering two defeats.
The match in Naples followed a high-scoring trend for Udinese in recent Serie A outings, as four of their previous five games have produced over 2.5 goals.
A poor recent record at the Dacia Arena in Serie A has not helped Udinese, as they are currently on a run of seven home games in the league without a victory. A leaky defence has been their Achilles heel of late on home soil, as they have conceded at least two goals in three of their previous four home matches.
The Bianconeri head into this game knowing that a victory would all-but see them claim their ninth straight Scudetto. Maurizio Sarri’s team are six points clear of second-place Atalanta, with a game in hand. They are also eight points clear of third-place Inter, who have also played the same number of games as the visitors.
It no longer matters what the other teams do, as the destiny of the Italian title is in the hands of the reigning champions. Juventus have not been in great form of late, as a 2-1 home win over Lazio last time out, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace, ended a mini three-game winless run for the visitors in Serie A.
When it comes to goals, Juventus are certainly not a bad team to watch, as their previous seven games in Serie A have all produced 2.5 goals.
The Bianconeri’s recent away form in Serie A can only be described as inconsistent. The team from Turin have won just three of their last seven matches on their travels. They have also taken just a point from their last two away matches at Milan and Sassuolo.
Neither team can claim to be in great form heading into this clash. However, Juventus have the superior quality and we are backing Sarri’s team to record a potentially decisive win in the race for the Scudetto. We are also backing over 2.5 goals scored, as Juventus have been involved in several low-scoring games of late in Serie A, while Udinese have not exactly been solid in defence in late in Serie A.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 4/7 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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