Juventus, coming fresh from their 2-1 victory in the Champions League quarter-finals at Tottenham on Wednesday night will be looking to carry that momentum to face the Udinese side on Sunday in Serie A.
The Old Lady are still second in the fight for the Scudetto but have closed the gap to one point with a game in hand, thanks to the late winner against Lazio last weekend before Napoli’s loss at home to Roma.
Due to heavy snowfall in February, Juventus has a game in hand with their game against Atalanta postponed.
Juve certainly can’t afford a slip-up if they are to win another title this year and they are certainly on the right track being the only team to win all the league matches this year( 7 out of 7). Their defensive resilience is also to be praised as they are yet to concede in league games this year. They have won 10 consecutive games now in Serie A with clean sheets in 16 of their last 17 outings domestically.
On the other hand, Udinese are in a poor run of form with 3 consecutive losses taking them to the bottom half of the table with 33 points from 26 games, comfortably in 11th position. They should be aware of the threat possessed by Juve though, as last time they met, they were the victims of Sami Khedira’s masterclass who got a hat-trick in the 6-2 riot.
The home form of Juventus will be a big factor in this fixture. Before the home loss to Lazio this season, the last league loss at their home turf was way back in August 2015. Interestingly, it was against the Udinese side who got a 1-0 victory against the Old Lady.
Higuain scored a crucial goal for the Old Lady’s in midweek continuing his strong run of form. He has hit nine goals in last seven matches across all competitions and will be looking to add to his impressive tally this weekend.
The 25-year-old forward has certainly been one of the best players for Udinese this season notching 7 goals in 19 league appearances for his team. He may present some havoc in the sturdy Juventus defense who are yet to concede this year in the league.
Juventus have always been dominant in this fixture. In their last 26 meetings, Juve have defeated the Udinese side 17 times with the taste of defeat just 5 times. Last time, they met, Juve thrashed them 6-2 in their own home.
Mario Mandzukic is likely to miss this fixture due to a muscular injury who also missed the midweek Champions League clash against Tottenham.Alex Sandro and Lichsteiner are both suspended, and Sciglio and Asamoah are likely to play as their replacement.
Valon Behrami is entirely fit and is expected to start in midfield for Udinese.
Juventus vs Udinese Lineup (Predicted XI)
Juve Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Sciglio (RB) – Benatia (CB) – Chiellini (CB) – Asamoah (LB)
Khedira (CM) – Pjanic (CM)
Costa(RW) – Dybala (AM) – Matuidi (LW)
Udinese Lineup (3-5-1-1)
Angella (CB), Danilo (CB), Nuytinck (CB)
Pezzella (LWB), Jankto (CM), Behrami (CDM), Fofana (CM), Larsen (RWB)
De Paul (CAM)
Juventus vs Udinese Prediction
Juventus are currently carrying a great run of form, especially in 2018 winning all the 8 league games with good goalscoring spree and great defensive resilience, conceding none all the year.
Udinese, on the other hand, after five consecutive victories in Serie A at the end of 2017, have dipped considerably in form with just a single win this year.
With Higuain scoring at will and Dybala back in form, this could be an easy contest for the Old Lady side although they haven’t won the fixture twice since 2014/15. Will Juve manage that this weekend? We can be confident about that.
Our Prediction: A 3-0 win for Juventus