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Udinese vs. Roma: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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      Udinese vs. Roma: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

      In the picturesque heart of Italian football, the Serie A, a critical clash is set to unfold this Saturday between Udinese and Roma, two teams with contrasting fortunes and aspirations as the season edges closer to its conclusion. This match is not just a mere encounter but a confluence of desperation and ambition, encapsulated by Udinese’s fight for survival and Roma's quest for European glory.

      Date: 14/06/2024

      Kick-off time: 17:00

      Location: Stadio Friuli

      Udinese's season has been a turbulent journey, with the team currently positioned 15th in the league, having accumulated 28 points from 30 games. The stark reality of their situation is that they are ensnared in a relegation battle, merely two points adrift from the dreaded drop zone. This precarious position underscores a season fraught with challenges and underachievement, starkly contrasting with their 12th-place finish in the previous campaign under the guidance of Andrea Sottil. Sottil, despite his efforts last season, faced an early dismissal this season following a series of disappointing outcomes that left the team winless in their first nine games. This dismal start set a tone of struggle for Udinese, from which they have found it difficult to recover.

      The task of steering Udinese away from the brink has now fallen to Gabriele Cioffi, who inherits a team that has shown flashes of quality but has been consistently undermined by defensive frailties and offensive inefficacy. With 45 goals conceded and a meagre 29 scored in 30 games, Udinese’s struggles on both ends of the pitch are evident. Despite this, the team boasts talents such as goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defender Nehuén Pérez, midfielder Lazar Samardzic, and forward Florian Thauvin. These players represent a beacon of hope, embodying the quality within the squad that could potentially catalyse a late-season resurgence.

      Contrastingly, Roma's narrative this season is one of rejuvenation and resurgence. Positioned 5th with 55 points from 31 games, Roma’s campaign has been a rollercoaster, marked by the departure of José Mourinho following a series of underwhelming performances. This change paved the way for club legend Daniele De Rossi, whose appointment has been a catalyst for transformation. Under De Rossi, Roma have undergone a metamorphosis, particularly in an attacking sense, with key figures such as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Paulo Dybala, and Romelu Lukaku experiencing a significant uptick in form. This resurgence has helped Roma amass 56 goals in 31 games, establishing them as the 3rd highest-scoring team in Serie A, trailing only behind the juggernauts of Inter and Milan.

      The head-to-head record between Udinese and Roma further illuminates the challenges ahead for the former. Roma have dominated recent encounters, securing three victories in their last five meetings, with Udinese managing a single win and the remaining match ending in a draw. Notably, Roma emerged victorious in their last league meeting, a 3-1 triumph that underscored their superiority and extended their winning streak against Udinese to two matches. This historical dominance by Roma not only highlights their quality but also adds an extra layer of psychological advantage heading into Saturday's clash.

      For Udinese, this match represents a critical juncture in their season. Beyond the immediate need for points to stave off relegation, a positive result against a high-flying Roma side could serve as a monumental morale boost, injecting belief into a squad in desperate need of inspiration. For Roma, the stakes are equally high but for different reasons. Every point is precious in their pursuit of European qualification, and a victory would not only consolidate their position but also send a statement of intent to their rivals.

      As Saturday approaches, the contrasting dynamics of desperation and ambition set the stage for a captivating encounter. Udinese, battling against the spectre of relegation, must marshal their resources, harness their talent, and display resilience in the face of adversity. Roma, on the other hand, buoyed by a resurgence under De Rossi, will look to assert their dominance, continue their scoring spree, and fortify their claim for a European spot.

      Team News

      Udinese Team News:

      Lorenzo Lucca will be available once again after serving a suspension and will hope to come straight back into the starting lineup.

      Gerard Deulofeu continues to be a long-term absentee, while Keinan Davis and Brenner also remain in the treatment room.

      Roma Team News:

      Evan Ndicka was absent from the Rome derby at the weekend through suspension but will make a strong claim to return to partner Gianluca Mancini at the heart of the defence. Rasmus Kristensen remains out injured.

      Tammy Abraham will hope for more minutes following his return from an ACL injury, but Sardar Azmoun remains on the sidelines with injury.

      There are question marks surrounding the strength of the team Roma might play given their looming Europa League second-leg tie with Milan on Thursday night, but with over three days rest in between that game and this one, De Rossi likely won't feel compelled to make major changes to his strongest XI.

      Form Guide

      Udinese's form is about what you'd expect from a relegation contender as they enter this game having won just one of their last five games, drawing two and losing two of the other five. Their most recent encounter was a 1-1 draw away at Sassuolo, where a 44th-minute goal from Florian Thauvin cancelled out Grégoire Defrel's opener just four minutes prior to seal what was a decent and deserved point for Udinese.

      Prior to that, Udinese lost 0-2 to Torino, drew 1-1 with Salernitana and lost 2-0 to Genoa. In between those games, Udinese did claim a huge three points with an impressive win away at Lazio, where goals from Lorenzo Lucca and Oier Zarraga saw off the giants from the capital.

      Udinese have been really poor on their own patch of late, where they've failed to win any of their last six games.

      Roma's last six games have seen them pick up three wins, two draws and one loss. Roma's most recent game was one of their most enjoyable wins of the season as a goal from defender Gianluca Mancini gave them a huge 1-0 win over rivals Lazio.

      That result followed a 0-0 draw with Lecce, a 1-0 win over Sassuolo, a 1-0 loss away at Brighton & Hove Albion, in a game in which they were already 4-0 up on aggregate, and a 2-2 draw away at Fiorentina.

      Roma's form away from home has seen them gather two wins, two draws and one defeat from their last five games on the road.

      Last time out, AS Roma earned an impressive 1-0 victory away at AC Milan in the Europa League as Gianluca Mancini scored the only goal of the game.

      Footy Accumulators Prediction

      This game feels very much like an away win. Udinese's home form is terrible and Roma come into this one in dire need of a win to aid their top four hopes. Providing they play a strong team, which they likely will, they should come away with all three points here. Udinese 1-2 Roma.

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      Header logoSerie A

      PosClubPWDLGDPTS
      16
      Team logoVerona
      3681018-1434
      17
      Team logoUdinese
      3751913-1734
      18
      Team logoEmpoli
      378920-2633
      Last updated 20/05/2024

      Header logoSerie A

      PosClubPWDLGDPTS
      5
      Team logoAtalanta
      3620610+2866
      6
      Team logoRoma
      3718910+2063
      7
      Team logoLazio
      3718613+1060
      Last updated 20/05/2024

      Where To Watch

      This game will be aired live for all subscribed U.K. viewers on TNT Sports 3.

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