Roma visit a humiliated Udinese side in midweek Serie A action. The Zebrette were thrashed 7-1 in Bergamo against Atalanta in their last domestic outing and Igor Tudor will expect an immediate reaction from his dejected troops. In contrast, the travelling Lupi have fared tremendously well despite mounting injury worries.
Where and when: Stadio Friuli, Udinese – 30 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Udinese vs. Roma: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Edin Dzeko got the only goal of the contest when the teams battled in April at Stadio Olimpico.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Aleksandar Kolarov to score anytime||9/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||18/5||Offer|
|Roma to win 3-1||29/2||Offer|
Udinese v Roma Predictions and Preview
Remarkably, before the heavy loss at the hands of La Dea, Udinese had the best defensive record in the division. The Zebrette had only conceded six efforts from eight games, fewer than champions Juventus, Napoli and an Inter defence consisting of Diego Godin, Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij.
The hosts currently sit in 13th place, three points above the drop, and it was the rearguard that previously propped the squad up given the struggles at the other end of the pitch.
Udinese have netted on five occasions and more is expected of Italy internationals Kevin Lasagna and Stefano Okaka who have missed a number of crucial chances this term.
Nevertheless, the duo remain Tudor’s first choice attack and can be found at 5/2 and 11/4, respectively, to bag anytime. The Zebrette are 3/1 to clinch a morale boosting victory and 12/5 to earn a draw.
Roma are unbeaten in their last four and have risen to fifth in the table. The patched up Giallorossi got the better of Milan courtesy of masked hitman Dzeko and Nicolo Zaniolo in Sunday evening’s encounter and Paulo Fonseca was understandably delighted.
The Portuguese tactician was without a host of players with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Cengiz Under and Bryan Cristante all on the sidelines with Gianluca Mancini operating in an unfamiliar holding midfield role.
One to watch for Udinese: Rodrigo De Paul recently signed a new and improved contract with the Zebrette, much to the shock of his admirers. The Argentine has yet to hit the heights of last year, but is the standout player in the ranks and is 13/2 to score first.
One to watch for Roma: Zaniolo has really stepped up his performances over the last four weeks and is 13/2 to hit the final goal. The gifted 20-year-old will have licence to support Dzeko and will drift in from an initial wide right role.
Long shot: Impressively, Roma have collected eight points from their four ties on the road and have yet to taste defeat. The Lupi are a point adrift of Napoli and will be conscious the Azzurri have stuttered over the last fortnight. A resounding 4-0 triumph in favour of the guests is 33/1.