AS Roma vs. Udinese 7/2/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Udinese (7-7-14) at AS Roma (14-6-6)
Serie A Soccer: Thursday July 2, 2020 at 3:45 PM (Stadio Olimpico)
The Line: AS Roma -170 / Draw +305 / Udinese +450 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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AS Roma play host to Udinese in Serie A soccer action from the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday afternoon.
AS Roma come into this match in 5th place on 48 points with a record of 14 wins, 6 draws and 8 losses following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan in their last match. In the defeat against AC Milan, the first half was quiet, with only one booking per side. The second half started slow as well, but Milan would go ahead 1-0 in the 76th minute and despite Roma’s best efforts to respond, Roma would fail to have even an attempt at goal in the second half, outshot 8-0 in goal attempts and 5-0 in shots on goal. AC Milan would put the result away in the 89th minute with a second goal from the penalty spot, leaving Roma with nothing to show at full time. Edin Dzeko leads Roma in scoring with 14 goals along with 4 assists while Lorenzo Pellegrini has a team-high 9 assists on the year. Pau Lopez is Roma’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.32 goals per 90 minutes with 5 clean sheets in 25 league appearances this season.
Udinese on the other side of the coin, enter this match in 15th place on 28 points with a record of 7 wins, 7 draws and 14 losses after back-to-back defeats, including a 3-2 loss to Atalanta last time out. In the loss to Atalanta, Udinese fell behind 1-0 in the 9th minute but Kevin Lasagna would tie the game at one just after the half hour mark. The tie would hold for a good part of the second half, but Atalanta would go 2-1 up in the 71st and add a 3rd goal just eight minutes later. Lasagna would pull it back to 3-2 for Udinese in the 87th, but that’s as close as Udinese got as Atalanta held on for the win. Lasagna leads Udinese in scoring with 6 goals on the year while Rodrigo de Paul and Stefano Okaka each have 5 goals and 2 assists. Seko Fofana leads Udinese in assists with 5 assists on the year. Juan Agustin Musso is Udinese’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.39 goals per 90 minutes with 9 clean sheets in 28 league appearances this season.
The plus money with Udinese would be tempting considering that Udinese need points to distance themselves from the relegation zone in the last stretch of games that are approaching. However, Roma has dominated Udinese in recent years, winning 12 of the last 14 head-to-head matches, including 7 clean sheets in that span. Five of Roma’s last six wins over Udinese have actually been to nil, with the combined score of 15-1 in those wins. I think this is another game that Udinese struggles with, so I’ll back Roma to win via shutout at decent plus money as I see this being a 1-0 or 2-0 final.
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