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Udinese journey to Stadio Olimpico di Roma on Thursday for the Serie A meeting with home team Roma.
Our tips, poll and stats for Roma v Udinese can all be found here - as well as up-to-date odds.
Roma will be hoping for a better result after a 2-0 Serie A defeat last time out to AC Milan.
In that match, Roma had 43% possession and 5 shots on goal with 1 on target. On the other side, AC Milan got 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Ante Rebić (76') and Hakan Çalhanoğlu (89') scored for AC Milan.
Over their last 6 fixtures, Paulo Fonseca's Roma have netted a combined total of 12 times giving them an average number of goals per match equal to 2.
A look at their previous results shows us that Roma:
- have not been beaten in the league by Udinese in their previous 2 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 home league matches.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Atalanta in Serie A action, Udinese will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Udinese managed 31% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Udinese was Kevin Lasagna (31', 87'). On the other side, Atalanta had 13 attempts on goal with 12 on target. Duván Zapata (9') and Luis Muriel (71', 79') scored for Atalanta.
The forward players for Udinese have suffered from a shortage of goals over their previous 6 clashes, recording the poor return of only 4. In those matches, Bianconeri Friuliani have also seen the overall goal aggregate of their opponents equal 6. Putting that to one side, we must now wait to see whether the trend might be sustained here in this game.
Taking a look at their past results, Udinese:
- have not won against Roma in away games against them for the last 6 league matches. Not good at all.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 15/01/2017 tells us that Roma have won 5 of them and Udinese 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 0.
A combined sum of 13 goals were produced between them in this period, with 11 from i Giallorossi and 2 created by Bianconeri Friuliani. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Serie A match day 10 on 30/10/2019 when it finished Udinese 0-4 Roma.
On that occasion, Udinese managed 55% possession and 12 shots on goal with 4 on target.
Roma got 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Nicolò Zaniolo (14'), Chris Smalling (51'), Justin Kluivert (54') and Aleksandar Kolarov (66') scored.
The referee was Massimiliano Irrati.
Team News: Roma
Nicolò Zaniolo (Fitness) and Pau López (Broken wrist) are unavailable for Roma manager Paulo Fonseca.
It looks as if i Giallorossi will possibly opt for a 4-2-3-1 system, handing starts to Antonio Mirante, Leonardo Spinazzola, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Davide Zappacosta, Diego Perotti, Bryan Cristante, Justin Kluivert, Nikola Kalinic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko.
Team News: Udinese
Udinese boss Luca Gotti has to currently contend with reduced team options. Sebastian Prödl (Knee Injury) and Rolando Mandragora (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are not able to play. Rodrigo de Paul cannot play in this game through suspension.
We are inclined to think that Bianconeri Friuliani seem likely to elect for a 3-5-2 system, giving starts to Juan Musso, William Troost-Ekong, Samir Santos, Bram Nuytinck, Jens Larsen, Seko Fofana, Walace, Mato Jajalo, Ken Sema, Kevin Lasagna and Lukasz Teodorczyk.
In our opinion, Roma look set to create the chances to score more than once when they come up against Udinese, who could well struggle to score.
We’re therefore anticipating a comfortable 2-0 victory for Roma at full-time.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico di Roma (70,634)
Captain: Edin Džeko
Chairman: James Pallotta
Manager: Paulo Fonseca
Competitions: Serie A position 5, Europa League (Round of 16)
⭐ Key Player: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Generally taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. After having made a senior debut playing for Metalurh Donetsk in the 2009 - 2010 season, the accomplished Midfielder has accumulated 6 league goals in the Serie A 2019 - 2020 campaign to date in a total of 14 appearances.