Preview - Juventus vs Udinese March 11 2018

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Mar 11, 2018, 10:52 AM Last Edit: Mar 11, 2018, 10:55 AM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Juventus vs Udinese
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Juventus Stadium

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (15)

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Kevin Lasagna (7)

Title chasing Juventus bid to round off what has already been an excellent week with a win at home over mid-table Udinese.

A quick glance at the recent form figures suggests this may well prove to be one-way traffic. Juventus arriving on the back of four consecutive wins, whilst Udinese bid to put an end to a three-match losing streak. This isn't the place to be doing it though.

It's pretty difficult to see where the goals will come from for Udinese against the stingiest defence in the League. The task of troubling Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal looks like being made all the tougher through the continued absence of top scorer Kevin Lasagna.

Juventus may be without a front man of their own as Mario Mandzukic continues to struggle for fitness. The deadly duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala were at it again in the Champions League though and can be expected to cause the Udinese back four all sorts of problems.

A win here would put Juventus back on top in Serie A and put the pressure on Napoli ahead of their clash with Inter later in the day. On a high following a famous victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in midweek, we expect them to get the job done against this struggling Udinese outfit. Juve rattled in six in the reverse fixture and we suspect another battering may be on the cards here.

Prediction: Juventus 4 - 0 Udinese


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 11 - 5
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 55% - 45%

Giorgio Chiellini didn't take long to upset referee Piero Giacomelli, being booked in just the second minute. Gabriele Angella and Stipe Perica were cautioned for the visitors.

Udinese forced the first save of the match, with Wojciech Sxczesny doing well to palm away a free kick from the right following that second minute foul by Chiellini.

It was however a free kick which did break the deadlock, and it was a beauty. Paulo Dybala curling one over the wall and into the near top corner in the 20th minute.

It could have been 2-0 after 38 minutes. Dybala being brought down in the box and Higuain striking the resultant penalty well enough towards the bottom corner. Albano Benjamin Bizzarri guessed right though to palm the ball to safety.

In the 49th minute it was 2-0. Excellent hold up play from Higuain in the area and an incisive pass from the Argentinian leaving Dybala with just the keeper to beat. He made no mistake to register his 17th Serie A goal of the season.

And that's the way it stayed. Dybala going closest to adding to the scoreline when forcing Bizzarri into an excellent save at his near post in the 78th minute.

A good week for Juventus. Through to the Champions League quarter finals, they move back to the top of Serie A ahead of the Inter Milan vs Napoli game this evening. Two points ahead of Napoli with a game in hand they remain favourites to retain their title.
Anything gained from this game would have been a bonus for Udinese who remain in 11th. Well adrift of European qualification, but comfortably clear of the relegation zone.

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