AS Roma hosts Udinese in round 5 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, September 23rd at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
AS Roma is in 5th position in the standings (nine points after four rounds). The Romans had an impressive start to the season with six consecutive victories in all tournaments. The Wolves looked confident in the Europa Conference League, where they knocked out Turkish Trabzonspor in the qualification (2-1 and 3-0) and then hammered CSKA Sofia in the first game of the group round (5-1). Beyond that, Mourinho's footballers beat Fiorentina (3-1), Salernitana (4-0), and Sassuolo (2-1) in Serie A. The winning streak of the Romans was interrupted on September 19 in an away game against Verona (3-2). The Wolves were knocked down by defensive errors in the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half, when the Mastiffs aggrieved Rui Patricio three times. Lorenzo Pellegrini scored for Roma, and Verona midfielder Ivan Ilic sent another goal into his own net.
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Udinese is in 9th place in the Italian Serie A standings (seven points after four rounds). The Little Zebras also managed to do without defeats for a long time after the start of the season. In the opening round of the Italian Cup, Udinese defeated Serie B representative Ascoli (3-1). And in three starting rounds of the championship, the Black-and-Whites achieved a draw against Juventus (2-2) and victories over Venezia (3-0) and Spezia (1-0). On September 20, the Little Zebras failed at home against Napoli, losing for the first time this season (0-4). Gotti's team could not cope with the attack of the visitors, who were leading with a large score by the 52nd minute. Beyond that, Udinese players were left without a goal scored for the first time in the current championship.
Seven previous games between Roma and Udinese ended with “Both teams to score — no”, although there is a possibility that this streak will be interrupted. The Romans have shown vulnerability in defense in recent matches. Mourinho's men have conceded goals in three consecutive games, and only modest Salernitana couldn’t upset them in Serie A. Udinese players, who have scored in three out of four games, will take advantage of Roma's problems. At the same time, the Romans are unlikely to be left without a goal scored. The Wolves have scored at least two goals in all seven games this season. There is no doubt that the powerful attack of the home team will not experience problems with the Little Zebras.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score — yes