Juventus will travel to the Dacia Arena to face Udinese in the Serie A on Sunday, with the hopes of avoiding a finish outside the top-four.
After winning the Serie A for nine consecutive seasons, Juventus are now in danger of finishing outside the top four and missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League. Quite unthinkable, that.
Juve have been far from brilliant – they drew 1–1 with Fiorentina last week and have now failed to keep a clean sheet in ten straight competitive games for the first time since May 2009.
They’re in fourth place, level on points with Napoli and AC Milan, who are third and fifth, respectively.
Meanwhile, Udinese – who are 11th – are hoping to finish in the top half for the first time since the 2012/2013 season. They’ve won two of their last three games, including a 4–2 win against Benevento last week and will be looking to build on that when they file out against the Old Lady.
Juventus have been poor away from home of recent. They’ve managed just one win in their last seven away games (D3, L3). For Udinese, the last time they recorded successive wins was back in February.
Both sides aren’t taking good records into this contest. But Juve can draw inspiration from their weighty head-to-head lead against their hosts, with seven wins in their last eight encounters.
Four of their last five meetings, however, have seen both teams register goals, and that’s likely to be the case again, seeing how Juventus have been vulnerable in defence.
You can back both teams to score in this one.