Struggling Udinese welcome Roma to the Dacia Arena on Saturday afternoon, and the visitors are hardly setting Serie A alight themselves at the moment. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are 15 points behind league leaders Juventus, although their Champions League challenge is still very much alive.
Where and when: Dacia Arena – 24 November, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Udinese vs. Roma: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Roma won 2-0 on their last trip to Udine, thanks to goals from Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti.
Udinese v Roma Predictions and Preview
Roma may not be launching a title challenge this season, but their impressive 4-1 victory against Sampdoria just before the international break keeps them right in the mix for the top four. Udinese meanwhile are only out of the bottom three by virtue of goal difference, and a win on Saturday would be huge for them.
If recent seasons are anything to go by though, the home fans can forget about seeing their team claim the three points. The Bianconeri Friuliani have lost each of their last 10 fixtures against Roma, with the capital club winning 2-0 at the Dacia Arena last season after a 3-1 triumph at home.
The Giallorossi may have gone three Serie A matches without a win before their victory over Sampdoria last time out, but Udinese’s form is much more desperate. Davide Nicola has seen his side lose six of their last seven league matches, with their solitary point coming in a 2-2 draw against Genoa.
|Roma to win by two goals||4/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 4-0||35/1||Offer|
|Roma to win and BTTS||5/2||Offer|
It’s no surprise that the visitors start as the favourites in the betting, priced at 5/6. Considering their supremacy over their opponents this weekend, close to even money could be a very attractive price in the outright market. Udinese are available at 19/5 for the win, while the draw’s priced at 14/5.
The hosts could at least welcome Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu back into the fold, with the midfielder expected to return after spraining his knee. Lukasz Teodorczyk is a doubt though, while Svante Ingelsson misses out with his cruciate injury.
Diego Perotti and Rick Karsdorp are back in training for Roma, although there are question marks over Daniele De Rossi, Javier Pastore and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Konstantinos Manolas and Luca Pellegrini both miss out for the away side with sprained ankles.
One to watch for Udinese: Argentine forward Rodrigo de Paul is Udinese’s top scorer this season with five goals so far in Serie A. He is 10/1 to increase his tally with the opener here.
One to watch for Roma: Stephan El Shaarawy also has five league goals to his name this term, putting him ahead of Edin Dzeko in the goalscorer charts. El Shaarawy is 7/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Roma have a wonderful record against Udinese, and beat them 4-0 just over two years ago. The Giallorossi are 35/1 to win this game by the same margin.