Udinese vs Cagliari
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Both Udinese and Cagliari have been struggling for goals ever since the start of the season coming into their head to head clash in the 19th round of Serie A on Saturday afternoon at Dacia Arena. The hosts made it five straight games without a win on Boxing Day when they drew 0-0 to SPAL away at Stadio Paolo Mazza.
Zebrette were the inferior side on the pitch against fellow strugglers SPAL. The head coach Davide Nicola certainly can’t be satisfied with a two-point return from clashes against the likes of Frosinone and SPAL in last two rounds. Udinese scored only two goals in last five league outings. They notched only six in nine Serie A matches on the home patch this term. Can such poor attacking record be improved against Rossoblu here?
Udinese vs Cagliari: Head-to-head
Cagliari earned the domestic double over Udinese via two narrow wins in the previous term of Serie A (2-1 and 1-0).
Udinese were, however, the dominant force in the history of head to head matches in front of the home fans where they won 12, drew 4 and lost just 2 of 18 against Rossoblu.
Interestingly, six of last seven head to head outings saw three or more goals scored.
Udinese vs Cagliari: Prediction
Cagliari moved five points clear off Udinese in the bottom half of the league ladder after a highly-important triumph over Genoa on Wednesday afternoon. Diego Farias made the difference for Rolando Maran’s side in an open game which could have gone either way.
Rossoblu thus ended a two-loss streak returning to the winning ways after three consecutive league games without a win. They generally found goals hard to come by on travels this term. Cagliari notched only 7 goals in 9 away games in Serie A (1W, 3D 5L).
Considering the importance of the match (relegation six-pointer) and teams’ lack of creativity in the final third so far in the season, we have to go with the Under 2.5 goals FT bet as the main option at 1.61 odds.
Udinese vs Cagliari: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw at the half time @ 2.05 (21/20).