Genoa vs Udinese
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 28 October 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Genoa opted to sack Davide Ballardini and bring in Ivan Juric, and the Croat’s first game in charge saw him take on Juventus.
For the first time in six prior attempts, the Grifone managed to avoid a loss in Turin and score a goal, and they are the first team to nick points off La Vecchia Signora this season.
It was an odd change, as Ballardini had done a pretty good job so far, but obviously the club’s board felt that Juric is the right man to take them forward.
Juric now will take on struggling Udinese in his first home game in his third spell back in charge of the Grifone. The Zebrette have hit yet another rough patch and there is major concern for them, as last season, they lost 11 in a row and plummeted down the table.
Whilst that has not happened just yet, they do come into this game having lost four in a row and are just two points above 18th placed Empoli.
So, yes, alarm bells have started ringing once again for a team who have won just twice all season and were no match for Napoli as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat.
Even worse, they have lost two of their last three away games and have won just two of their last 12 on the road. Their hosts meanwhile have been quite solid at home, with wins in three of their last four at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Key striker Piatek failed to find the back of the net in the Grifone’s last game, but it was against Juventus, and he should be able to get back to scoring ways here especially with Udinese’s defense struggling at the moment.
Genoa vs Udinese: Head-to-head statistics
- Udinese have won their last 3 matches against Genoa in all competitions
- The Zebrette have also kept clean sheets in those three games against Genoa.
- However, they come into this game having lost their last four games
- And Genoa have lost just two of their last 11 home games against Udinese (W6 D3 L2)
- Udinese have won just one of their last six away games against Genoa (L3 D2)
Genoa vs Udinese: Prediction
Genoa recorded an impressive 1-1 draw with Juventus last round, and although the Bianconeri were distracted with their upcoming clash with Manchester United, it was still a strong Juve side.
The Grifone had to come from behind after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal, and managed to hang on for a point, making them the first team to nick points off Juve.
Now they will face an Udinese side who may have done well against Genoa in the recent past, but in the form they are in right now, this game firmly looks set to go Genoa’s way.
Genoa vs Udinese: Betting tips
Genoa – WIN at 8/7 (2.15)
Under 2.5 goals at 2/3 (1.67).