Udinese hosts Atalanta in round 10 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 20th at Dacia Arena (Udine)
In general, Udinese shows an extremely weak game. Yes, the Zebras have smart players in their roster, and Rodrigo De Paul is even considered a real star. But the team gains positive results in only certain segments. In November-December, Luca Gotti's charges had a 6-match streak without defeats (though they were eliminated from the cup), and they consistently beat not only the modest Genoa and Torino but also Lazio. That streak saves Udinese from falling into the relegation zone so far. After all, the team has not managed to win anymore since mid-December, and there was only one draw in the last five rounds. The Zebras tied with Bologna, who had been playing in the minority for the entire second half (2:2). All other matches were lost, including the game with Sampdoria on Saturday. Moreover, De Paul opened the scoring, but the opponent scored twice in response in the last half an hour.
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In the last round, Atalanta played against Genoa at home. Of course, everyone expected the hosts to win that game. But at the same time, Gian Piero Gasperini decided to use rotation. For example, he fielded Malinovsky from the first minutes, and Muriel, the club's top scorer, appeared only from the bench. Miranchuk joined the game in the second half, but neither the Russian, nor the Ukrainian, whom he replaced, nor any of their partners upset the Griffins’ goalkeeper. Thus, Atalanta interrupted a streak of four victories in a row. Did the absence of Alejandro Gomez affect the team? On the other hand, more pleasant statistics continue - in the winter, the representative of Bergamo has not lost a single game. In any case, the current place in the standings does not meet the demands of the ambitious team, as its fans got used to better results.
Since 2018, Atalanta has consistently beaten Udinese in head-to-head matches. All five games ended in victories, and the total goal difference was 17-4, which is clearly not in favor of Udinese. Although the upcoming match will take place in Friuli, Udinese's chances are initially low. The Zebras are so weak that Atalanta will surely win without any problems on the road.
Prediction for the match: Atalanta to win