Udinese and Roma meet at the Stadio Friuli this weekend, with the visitors looking to maintain their position in the top four of the Serie A standings with a win. However, with the hosts having already won ten times in the Italian top-flight so far this season, it promises to be a close encounter in Udine on Saturday afternoon.
Italian Serie A – Udinese v Roma – Stadio Friuli, Udine – Saturday 17th February – 14:00 UK Time
Best Odd of: 7/2 at Betfair
Best Odd of: 13/5 at Unibet
Best Odd of: 10/11 at William Hill
Udinese will be looking to return to winning ways at the Stadio Friuli this weekend, however manager Luigi Delneri’s will be well aware of the threat posed by opponents Roma. Despite being out of the title race, Roma are still fighting for a Champions League qualifying position, while Udinese have little to play for as a result of them sitting in mid-table. For those who are still unsure of who to back, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the home side.
Udinese Team News & Form
Having lost out away at Torino over the weekend, Udinese slipped to 10th in the Serie A table, with a place in Europa next season now looking more and more unlikely. Manager Massimo Oddo will be looking for his side to return to winning ways this weekend, with striker Kevin Lasagna likely to be the biggest attacking threat for the hosts. The Italian has scored seven Serie A goals so far this season, while the likes of Maxi Lopez, Rodrigo De Paul and Captain Danilo are among their other talented players. Udinese’s struggles have generally been in defence however, with Oddo’s team having conceded 34 goals from their 24 matches to date.
Roma Team News & Form
Roma came from a goal down to comfortably defeat Benevento 5-2 over the weekend, lifting Eusebio Di Francesco’s side into fourth in the standings as a result. The visitors have now lost just once in their last five Serie A outings, with another win this weekend potentially seeing them leapfrog Inter Milan. Having turned down a move to Chelsea, Edin Dzeko will be looking to add to his tally of 11 goals so far this season, while the likes of Diego Perotti and Kevin Strootman are both likely to feature.
Head to Head
The two teams have met 32 times in the past, with Roma having won 20 of such meetings, while drawing five times in the process. In fact, Roma have won the last nine matches between the duo, including a 3-1 success earlier in the season at the Stadio Olimpico.
Udinese v Roma – Betting Odds and Predictions
Despite being the away team this weekend, their standing in the table means that it is Roma who are the narrow favourites for victory with the majority of bookmakers. The visitors can be backed for victory at best odds of 5/6 with William Hill, whilst a home success for Udinese is available at odds of 16/5 with the same bookmaker. Elsewhere, a draw can be backed at 13/5 with Ladbrokes, a market that is well worth considering.
Top Betting Tip Udinese v Roma
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on both teams scoring during the 90 minutes, which is available at odds of 7/10 with bookmaker PaddyPower.