Tip Juventus - Udinese
Juventus are in Coppa Italia action this week as they host Udinese. The two teams met as recently as December when Udinese travelled to Turin, where they were on the receiving end of a Cristiano Ronaldo pummeling. The Portuguese forward scored twice and pounded the woodwork in a 3-1 victory. It was a very comfortable win for the Old Lady and they were frustrated to concede a goal that cost them a clean sheet in stoppage time. Super Cup defeat to Lazio aside, Juventus have been in stellar form this season and it's been required. Whereas in other seasons they may be so dominant that they can take their foot off the gas, this time around they have Inter Milan and Lazio breathing down their necks. Their squad depth may be the key factor in them winning the title again and we see that depth being on show in this fixture.
Only a few weeks away from his 35th birthday, Ronaldo is likely to be rested. Udinese will be relieved to avoid him. However, another top-class forward is bound to take his place. Juventus have such a strong second-string team that it could probably finish above Udinese (who are currently 13th) in Serie A. Udinese boss Luca Gotti will probably factor this in when he's selecting his team, also taking the chance to rest key players. Whoever he puts on the field, we can only see a Juventus win. The Serie A champions have won all of their last five meetings with Udinese. We expect them to lead at both half-time and full-time.
Key points Juventus - Udinese
Juventus have won their last five matches against Udinese.
Juventus have scored at least two goals in their last five matches against Udinese.
Udinese are winless against Juventus in eight matches. Their last victory against Juventus was in 2015.
Conclusion Juventus - Udinese
Although Udinese are in good form - with three wins from their last five matches - we don't think that they can end a dreadful run of defeats against Juventus on this occasion. Maurizio Sarri will rotate his squad and stars who want to get a look in will try their best to take their opportunity to impress. Expect Juventus to lead at half-time and full-time in a victory that shows their squad strength.
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Juventus Udinese Prediction published on January 11, 2020