Juventus take on the visitors Udinese in the round 24 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, February 12th at Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Juventus have solidified its second place in Serie A. The Old Lady finds herself in a contradictory situation. On one hand, they have noticeably improved compared to last season. The tumultuous events of the previous year, with a 10-point penalty and exclusion from European competitions, didn't become an insurmountable problem - Allegri found a way to motivate his players. Moreover, a relatively easier schedule than usual allows them to confidently progress in the cup - they've already reached the semi-finals, albeit with consistently favorable draws. In the league, Juventus has opened up a gap alongside Inter, and it's already clear that one of them will claim the Scudetto. In this regard, the previous round's match could have been decisive. In Milan, an own goal by Gatti brought a well-deserved victory for Nerazzurri, who have pulled away. And, of course, the opponent's chances have noticeably decreased. But there are still many rounds to go, so the recipe is clear: win themselves and wait for slip-ups.
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Udinese are still remembered for their exploits when they felt quite comfortable in the top four. But a new Di Natale hasn't emerged in Friuli, and those stars that shone here typically quickly changed their address, moving up to more prestigious projects. As a result, everything has descended to the level of a rather mediocre mid-table team. The previous season surprised with a powerful start, but it ended with a modest 12th position. Currently, Gabriele Chioffi's charges have barely been winning. Yes, it's good that they've been facing weaker opponents so far, and even with modest results, they've managed to stay above the relegation zone. However, on the other hand, a goalless draw with Monza in the previous round only brought the second point in 5 matches. They now have 18 points, only 1 more than not only Verona, their closest neighbor, but also Empoli and Cagliari, who are hovering in the relegation zone. Another setback could potentially send Udinese there too, given the good results of a couple of underdogs.
In the last dozen or so encounters, the Zebras have only managed one draw and one win. The 3-0 victory in August was the fourth consecutive win for the Old Lady - all of them were clean sheets. After the setback against Inter, Allegri and his players have the task of redeeming themselves in front of the fans. We're betting on the home team to win with a -1.5 goals handicap.
Prediction for the match: Juventus to win with -1.5 handicap.