Udinese host a Juventus side in search of an eighth consecutive Serie A win. The Champions have chalked up maximum points from their first seven fixtures and already hold a sizable cushion over second place Napoli. In contrast, the Zebrette sit in 14th spot after making a mixed start to the campaign.
Where and when: Dacia Arena – 6 October, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Udinese vs. Juventus: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Paulo Dybala scored a brace either side of half-time to give the Bianconeri a comfortable win. Compatriot Gonzalo Higuain also had a chance to get on the scoresheet but missed from the spot.
Udinese v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Home side Udinese lost their last game away at Bologna and only have one win from their last five. The Zebrette do have talent in the ranks with Argentine Rodrigo de Paul receiving a maiden call-up to the national side after his superb early season form. The 24-year-old has four goals to his name and will be Udinese’s chief threat. De Paul is 14/1 to register first while the hosts are 7/1 to pull of a shock result.
Max Allegri’s men are predictably in fine form, racking up nine wins in all competitions to date. The Bianconeri went behind early on in the contest against closest rivals Napoli but recovered in style to claim a 3-1 win in the previous gameweek.
Mario Mandzukic netted twice in the victory against the Partenopei, bringing his haul for the term to four, one more than Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Croatian is perhaps the most underrated striker in world football but is finally getting the recognition he deserves as Ronaldo’s partner.
The Madrid record scorer shared a similar rapport with former teammate Karim Benzema who worked as the tireless foil and Mandzukic will take his place through the middle when Juventus visit Udine. The 32-year-old is 11/10 in the anytime market while Ronaldo is 16/5 to strike first or 9/2 to hit two or more in the contest.
|Ronaldo to score a hat-trick||22/1||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||31/40||Offer|
|Juventus to win 3-1||21/2||Offer|
Fellow forward Dybala deputised for Ronaldo in the midweek European clash with Young Boys and did his chances no harm of retaining his place when domestic duties resume. The diminutive forward notched a hat-trick serving a timely reminder of his ability and can be found at 7/2 in the last scorer betting. Juventus are strong favourites for the duel, priced at 4/11.
One to watch for Udinese: Kevin Lasagna at 11/1 in the first scorer betting. The striker hit a very respectable 12 goals last year and fared well in both league appearances against Juventus.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi at 5/1 in the anytime market. The wide man has benefited from Douglas Costa’s suspension and injury woes to nail down a regular spot in the side.
Long shot: Juventus ultimately strolled to victory against Napoli but the general feeling is the champions have yet to fully hit top gear. With competition for places hotting up in every area of the pitch, expect the chosen eleven to prove their worth. A resounding 4-0 triumph is 16/1.