Juventus are looking for their third victory of the season over Udinese, as the title-chasing Bianconeri visit the Dacia Arena on Thursday evening. The Old Lady are closing in on their ninth straight scudetto, while it’s another tough fixture for their hosts as they bid to secure their Serie A survival.
Where and when: Dacia Arena – 23 July, kick-off 18:30
Where you can see Udinese vs. Juventus: Premier Sports
Last time: Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring before Paulo Dybala added a brace and Douglas Costa rounded off proceedings, as Juve eased to a 4-0 victory over Udinese in Turin when the teams clashed in the Copa Italia in January.
Udinese v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Just when it looked as though Juventus’s ninth successive Serie A crown had become a certainty, the Old Lady went and let the chasing pack into it. However, the rest of the top four keep dropping points themselves, with Maurizio Sarri’s side still very much in charge of their own destiny.
Juve took a three-match winless run into Monday’s fixture against Lazio, conceding nine goals in losing to Milan and drawing with Atalanta and Sassuolo. Things are far from perfect under Sarri, but the former Napoli manager is still expected to land the biggest trophy of his career to date in the coming weeks.
His club certainly have the record against Udinese that promises a victory here, with January’s 4-0 cup win following Juve’s 3-1 win in the reverse league fixture in December. The Old Lady are unbeaten in their last nine games against the Friulani, winning eight. That includes each of the last six, with Juve scoring 21 goals and conceding only four in the process.
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Juventus to win 4-2
Over 5.5 goals
The visitors won 6-2 at this ground the season before last, with Sami Khedira scoring a surprise hat-trick on that occasion. The German midfielder is out of this match due to a tendon injury, but Juve have got a more familiar goalscorer in top form at present. Cristiano Ronaldo is enjoying a purple patch since the restart and hoping to finish the season as the top scorer in Serie A.
With Ronaldo in fine form and hunting for goals, Juventus are the odds-on favourites to pick up the win on Thursday. They are 4/6 in the latest betting odds, even if they’ll also be without Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia De Sciglio. Federico Bernardeschi, however, is available after missing the Lazio match through suspension.
Udinese, meanwhile, will be missing Lukasz Teodorczyk, Mate Jajalo and Rolando Mandragora due to injury, while Sebastian Prodl is also a doubt. It would be a huge surprise if Luca Gotti’s side dropped out of the top flight from their current position, with a decent gap to the bottom three coming into this game, but they need another result or two. They are 9/2 to get the win they need here, with the draw priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Udinese: Kevin Lasagna has had a tasty season, coming into this game as Udinese’s top scorer with 10 Serie A goals to his name so far. He is 7/1 to open the scoring on Thursday evening.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire since the break, reeling in Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in the hunt to win the golden boot. The Portuguese is looking to break the 30-goal barrier in the league for the first time since 2016 and is the 12/5 favourite to break the deadlock here.
Long shot: Juventus have scored 11 goals in their last three games against Udinese, while the Old Lady have been poor at the back in recent weeks. An over 5.5 goals bet is priced at 21/2, while Juve are 45/1 to win 4-2. With Ronaldo scoring first, those odds rise to a massive 138/1.