September has so far been a fine month for Italian football as Antonio Conte has led Italy to victory over the Netherlands in a friendly match before seeing his team claim a 2-0 win in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match. Now this weekend sees the team that he took to three successive Serie A titles before leaving shortly before the start of this 2014/15 season aims to record a second successive win in the league following the international break and set out their stall for their campaign to win a fourth title in a row? Can the home side take all three points in this Juventus v Udinese match as both teams look to build on their opening round victories?
The betting markets certainly suggest that it’ll be hosts at the Juventus Stadium that emerge triumphant at the full time whistle, but do the Juventus v Udinese betting odds take the league’s top scorer into consideration?
Juventus to win – 1.35
Draw – 4.75
Udinese to win – 8.00
(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)
While Juventus had a winning start to the season away at Chievo in the opening round of Serie A football, they did not exactly set the world alight in front of goal as they came away with a 1-0 victory decided by an own goal, as defender Cristiano Biraghi put through his own net. This may be a problem for them this weekend as they face an Udinese side that has one of the most lethal strikers in Europe leading the line for them in Antonio di Natale.
The 36 year old striker had announced that he was to retire at the end of the 2013/14 season, but he reversed his decision at the end of the season and chose to stay with the club he signed for in 2004 for this season. It has been a great decision for both club and player as he has played two matches so far and he has scored seven times.
His season began with five goals in the 5-1 win over Ternana in the Coppa Italia before he added a brace in the 2-0 home win over Empoli before the international break and he will be desperate for more goals this weekend. However, Juventus have been the far better of the two teams in recent encounters with five straight wins before this weekend’s clash and they are unbeaten in six meetings since Alexis Sanchez, now of Arsenal, scored a late winner at the Juventus Stadium in January 2011.
The biggest question on everyone’s lips for this top of the table clash in Italy is will di Natale’s individual brilliance be enough for Udinese to upset the odds or will the all around greatness of this three time title winning Juventus side see them live up to their pre-match favourites billing?
I personally feel the hosts are likely to be the better team in this Juventus v Udinese match with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Paul Pogba all more than capable of scoring goals and Arturo Vidal and that title winning defence capable of keeping the opposition out. However, di Natale is more than capable of showcasing his confidence, belief and excellence to net his first goal against the Bianconeri since a 3-0 home win for Udinese at the end of the 2009/10 season.
With a fantastic game of football potentially on the cards, I am putting my money on goals on this top drawer match from Serie A this weekend that will see the home side emerge as the winning side at full time.
Betting Instinct tip – Back +2.5 goals in the Juventus v Udinese match this weekend @ 1.80 with AllYouBet.ag.