Juventus vs Udinese
Italian Serie A, Italy
Date: Friday, 8th February 2019
Kick off at: 19.30 GMT
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus are inching closer to secure another Serie A title, but they remain determined in maintaining their unbeaten league run. Bianconeri will face a tricky test this Friday as they host Udinese at Allianz Stadium, Turin.
Juventus vs Udinese Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves for an interesting Italian Serie A clash. Let’s take a closer look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Perin(g)Cancelo, Rugani, Chiellini, De Sciglio(def);Betancur, Can, Matuidi(mid);Bernardeschci, Mandzukic, Ronaldo(att).
Expected Formation: 3-5-2
Probable Lineups: Musso(g)De Maio, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck(def)Ter Avest, Larsen, Sandro, De Paul, Zeegelaar(mid);Okaka, Pusseto(att).
Before heading into this Friday Serie A match, both teams have already been playing in several matches. Let’s check out the type of results that they have been getting recently to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWLWW
Bianconeri were able to cope well with their loss against Atletico Madrid in Champions League. The Turin giant won their next two games afterwards, beating Bologna 1-0 and Napoli 2-1.
Having the second leg tie against Atletico in their mind, Juve will try to kill the game off early. Massimiliano Allegri’s men are hoping that they can keep their unbeaten run in Serie A going.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LDLWW
Davide Nicola’s men have shown positive improvement in their last two league matches. I Friulani successfully won two straight Serie A fixtures, defeating the likes of Chievo along with Bologna.
Those two victories will give Nicola’s side that needed confidence before facing Juve on Friday. The visitor are still hungry for points to secure themselves from relegation trouble.
The Old Lady will still be missing the likes of Juan Cuadrado along with Sami Khedira due to injury problems. Miralem Pjanic also set to miss out after getting a red card in Juve’s latest league match against Napoli.
Emre Can should start in midfield, following Pjanic’s absence this upcoming Friday. Federico Bernardeschi could also get another starting role, in place of Paulo Dybala.
Nicola is having some serious concerns as several important names won’t be available for this early weekend tie. Marco D’Alessandro, Valon Behrami, Antonin Barak and Samper are all out.
Young midfielder, Rolando Mandragora is also unavailable after receiving suspension for Friday. Those conditions means that Rodrigo De Paul will once again the main hope for Udinese to break down their opponent.
Head to Head Records:
Both teams recent five meetings have been dominated by Juve as they won four matches and drew one.
Their last matchup in Turin happened on March 11, 2018 and was won by Allegri’s men 2-1.
Having their focus distracted with midweek Champions League schedule, Juve still try to get things right against Udinese. Allegri will be keen to see his players can secured all three points as early as possible.
However, battling a struggling side such as I Friulani won’t be an easy task as they also need points. Juve are certainly favorite in taking maximum points, but desperate Udinese hoping to snatch at least a point.
Final Score: 2-1