Juventus will look to bounce back from their first Serie A defeat of the campaign when they meet Udinese. The Bianconeri were soundly beaten by fierce rivals Fiorentina on the final round of action before the Christmas break and now trail leaders Milan by 10 points. The visitors sit in 12th.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 3 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Udinese: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Seko Fofana got the winner in injury time for the Zebrette.
Juventus v Udinese Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo is expected to ring the changes with Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral pushing for starts. The Bianconeri skipper has missed almost the entirety of the campaign and his return to fitness is a welcome boost for his old team-mate.
The veteran is still one of the best performers in his position but his game time will need to be managed between now and the end of the season as the Bianconeri battle for honours domestically and on the continent. Federico Chiesa will get the nod ahead of the more defensively minded Alex Sandro on the left flank.
The Italy winger is more suited to a 4-3-3 but is still posing a good threat as a wing-back. The Genoa native is 9/4 to notch anytime and should see plenty of the ball as one of the Bianconeri’s main outlets.
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Alvaro Morata will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. The duo have contributed 26 strikes and eight assists and can be found at 11/5 and 4/1, respectively, to register the first effort. Misfiring Paulo Dybala is 17/4 to notch last and the Argentine has cut a frustrated figure this term.
The diminutive playmaker has watched on from the sidelines as Ronaldo and Morata have plundered in the goals and his time at the club could be nearing an end. Juventus are 2/5 to chalk up the win and a tie is 7/2.
Opponents Udinese are without Stefano Okaka until January but Luca Gotti has plenty of options throughout his squad. Gerard Deulofeu, Ignacio Pussetto, ex-Bianconero Roberto Pereyra, Fernando Forestieri and talisman Rodrigo De Paul should all feature in some capacity.
There is much surprise De Paul is still plying his trade in Udine with Inter, Juventus and Roma all keen on the South American and if he were to finally depart the club, he would go with Gotti’s best wishes. The 26-year-old is 17/2 to open proceedings and the Zebrette are 13/2 to claim the spoils.
One to watch for Juventus: Dejan Kulusevski should come in for the suspended Juan Cuadrado and has been tipped to star for the Bianconeri for the next decade. The big Swede is 7/4 to net anytime.
One to watch for Udinese: Kevin Lasagna will lead the line for the Zebrette and is a regular in Roberto Mancini’s national setup. The club captain is 17/2 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Udinese are more than capable of going on lengthy unbeaten runs and their last sequence involved a victory against Lazio and holding the impressive Sassuolo to a draw. A repeat of the Zebrette’s 2-1 success over Juventus in July is 20/1 and a second loss in as many games for the champions could have huge ramifications on the title race.