Udinese vs Bologna
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Udinese finally ended their awful 14 game winless streak last weekend by beating a Hellas Verona. It was a long time coming for the Zebrette, who have plummeted down the table and are in dire straits. They sit in 15th spot, and they need another win in order to avoid the drop.
Shockingly, the Zebrette really don’t deserve to be here. When Massimo Oddo took over earlier this term, they went on a kick, and even beat Inter 3-1 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, which ended the Nerazzurri’s unbeaten run. There was even talk of them making a push for a Europa League spot, but then things went horribly wrong. They started losing, and then seemingly couldn’t stop, which caused them to slide down the table all the way into the relegation zone.
However, their upcoming opponents present the perfect chance for them to get back on track. Bologna have lost three in a row and have already switched off, as the Rossoblu have lost three in a row. The most recent was an awful showing in a 2-1 loss to a Chievo side who have been quite poor all season. Still, Bologna are safe in mid-table, so perhaps, with nothing to play for, they have no motivation to really put in much effort at this point.
Udinese will want to take advantage of that especially as they didn’t do well against fellow relegation rivals during their dark days. Simply put, it’s all or nothing for them, but they’ll have to be careful that their desperation doesn’t cause them to be careless. Bologna may be just meandering along, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t managing to score here and there – they did score in all three of their defeats, notably against AC Milan and Juventus.
During the defeat to Juve, they did take the lead early on before being ultimately crushed by the Bianconeri, so the Zebrette will want to keep that in mind as Udinese have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight fixtures at the Dacia Arena.
Udinese vs Bologna: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Udinese have lost their last 6 home matches
- Bologna have lost their last 3 matches
- Udinese have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 9 home matches against Bologna in all competitions.
- Bologna have lost four of their previous six meetings with Udinese
- That includes a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this term
- Udinese haven’t recorded a draw against Bologna in Serie A since September 2013
Udinese vs Bologna: Prediction
Bologna are already safe and are winless in their last five, including four defeats during that time frame. Udinese should be able then to pick them off, as the Rossoblu have already seemingly checked out having secured their top flight status as the Zebrette need points in the bank to ensure they themselves stay afloat in Serie A. Still, they’ll have to be careful as their defense isn’t the strongest as evidenced with their lack of clean sheets at this ground.
Udinese vs Bologna: Betting tips
- Over 2.5 goals at 1.67
- Udinese – WIN at 1.48.