Just when we thought AS Roma was back and for good, it lost a crucial match against Hellas Verona. Jose Mourinho’s team fell from first to fourth place and now is in a must-win situation. Otherwise, the powerhouses will take a much bigger advantage at the top.
They’ll try to return to the winning column by beating Udinese, which is only two points behind AS Roma. Udinese also lost its first game of the season last weekend. Losing again could mean to fall out of the top 10.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for AS Roma vs Udinese.
Game: AS Roma vs Udinese
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Time: Thursday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Serie A Betting Lines
|AS Roma||-1 -120||-190||3 Evo||1½ -190o/+155u|
|Udinese||+1 Ev||+550||3 -120u||½ -190o/+155u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 100
- AS Roma Victories: 52 (181 goals)
- Udinese Victories: 23 (108 goals)
- Draws: 25
Last season, they met twice and AS Roma won both with a 4-0 aggregate. First, they won 1-0 at Dacia Arena with a goal from Pedro. Later, they won 3-0 at home with Jordan Veretout as the Player of the Match after scoring twice.
Roma owns an 8-0-2 record in their last 10 meetings with Udinese. They scored 19 goals, allowed only four and finished with a clean sheet seven times. The total went under in six of those games.
Udinese beat Roma for the last time in the 2019-20 season and they did it at Stadio Olimpico.
Why Bet on AS Roma?
When betting online, you’ve to consider a lot of factors, including a manager like Mourinho. The Special One really hates to lose, and AS Roma just did. They lost 3-2 to Hellas Verona last weekend and they can’t afford to lose twice in a row.
Now, they sit in fourth place with nine points thanks to a 3-0-1 record. They’ve scored 11 goals and allowed five. Only Inter Milan has scored more goals. Not bad for a team with a defensive-minded manager, right?
Despite the heartbreaking loss, they’ve done a good job so far. Prior to Mourinho’s arrival, nobody thought Roma could fight for the title. Things have changed, although they still have a lot to improve.
“I always say that you can never expect to dominate the entire game. Even when you do, you are going to have to get through a few difficult moments. But we had lots of one-on-one moments in attack, where if we won the duels, we could have really hurt our opponents,” said Mourinho after their last game.
They also started the season 2-1-1 against the spread and 3-0-1 over/under. They won their previous two home games by a 5-2 aggregate. They tend to take a more offensive approach when playing at home.
Jordan Veretout and Lorenzo Pellegrini lead the team in scoring with three goals each. Eldor Shomurodov and Tammy Abraham lead the assists chart with two each. As you can see, Roma has a very competitive roster.
Leonardo Spinazzola remains out due to injury while Federico Fazio and Seven Nzonzi are suspended. Their expected lineup is Rui Patricio; Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Matias Vina; Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolo Zaniolo; Tammy Abraham.
Why Bet on Udinese?
Before you rule out including Udinese in your soccer picks, let’s see what they’ve done so far. They sit in eighth place with seven points thanks to a 2-1-1 record. They also have scored and allowed six goals.
Most recently, they lost 4-0 to Napoli, the team that currently leading the competition with an unbeaten record. Prior to that, they beat Spezia 1-0 on the road. They also managed to draw with Juventus when Cristiano Ronaldo was still playing for the Vecchia Signora.
They’re much better than their last result shows, but they can’t afford to repeat the mistakes they made against Napoli. Individually, Gerard Deulofeu leads the team in scoring with two goals. They can’t afford superstars, but they’re a very disciplined team.
Udinese started the season 3-1 against the spread and over/under. They remain unbeaten at home, but they’ve played only one game away from home. AS Roma is much better than Spezia and that’s why you can expect them to play more on the counter-attack.
Ilija Nestorovski, Destiny Udogie and Isaac Success are out due to injury. Lukasz Teodorczyk is suspended. Their expected lineup is Marco Silvestri; Rodrigo Becao, Bram Nuytinck, Samir Caetano; Nahuel Molina, Roberto Pereyra, Walace Silva, Jean-Victor Makengo, Tolgay Arslan; Ignacio Pussetto, Gerard Deulofeu.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Both are eager to return to the winning column, but AS Roma has more weapons to achieve it. I can’t imagine what Mourinho told his players after losing against Hellas Verona. However, I’m sure they don’t want to disappoint him once again. He’s known for discarding players without hesitation.
Udinese will put up a fight defensively, but that won’t be enough. I expect the total to go under once again.
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Score Prediction: AS Roma 2, Udinese 0