Udinese vs Inter Milan
Italy – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 2 February 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Friuli (Udine).
Second-placed Inter Milan, now just three points off the table-toppers Juventus, will look to put an end to a drawing streak as they take on Udinese.
Udinese vs Inter Milan: Match Preview
The Zebrette slipped to fourteenth position on the Serie A ladder following their second consecutive league defeat. Luca Gotti’s side enjoyed three-game winning streak prior to road trip in which they failed to gain a single point, losing 2-3 to AC Milan and 0-2 to Parma.
With 24 points to their name, Udinese are nine points clear of the relegation-threatened sides and seven points behind sixth-placed Cagliari.
The Udine-based outfit have earned seventeen points from their ten games at Stadio Friuli, scoring and conceding goals at the same rate – 1.00 per bout. They’re currently riding a four-game unbeaten streak (2W, 2D) at this venue.
Inter Milan played out yet another draw, their third in a row and fifth in the last seven league matches. Fortunately for them, Juventus failed to capitalize on that and move six points clear as they fell to a 1-2 defeat in Naples.
Second-placed Nerazzurri are now three points off of Bianconeri and two points ahead of Lazio, who also have a game in hand. They have finally signed Christian Eriksen from Tottenham and the Danish International is widely expected to make his Serie A debut on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s team have the best road record in the division with eight wins and two draws to date, averaging 2.30 goals per match, whist conceding a goal per tie. They have racked up eleven points from their last five road matches (3W, 2D).
Udinese vs Inter Milan Team News and Probable Starting Lineups
Samir (10 games – 0 goals) and regular center-back Troost-Ekong (19/0) are doubtful for this one.
Udinese (3-5-2): Musso – Becao, De Maio, Nuytinck – Stryger Larsen, Fofana, Mandragora, De Paul, Sema – Okaka, Lasagna
Lautaro (20/11) is banned; Borja Valero (9/1), Brozovic (19/2), Gagliardini (11/2) and Sensi (12/3) will be evaluated before the match.
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic – Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni – Candreva, Barella, Vecino, Eriksen, Young – Sanchez, Lukaku.
Udinese vs Inter Milan: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (54 games): Udinese 14 Wins, Inter 29 Wins, 11 Draws.
- Udinese have lost 13 of their 27 homes games vs Inter.
- The Nerazzurri have scored two goals or more in four of the last five outings at Friuli.
- Seven of the last ten head-to-head encounters had Over 2.5 goals.
- Inter have beaten Udinese 1-0 in the reverse fixture.
Udinese vs Inter Milan Prediction
The hosts have improved since the mid-season break and I expect them to get on the scoresheet on Sunday, but visiting side, with their stellar midfield cast, should prevail in the end.
Lautaro Martinez is suspended, but Alexis Sanchez is the next-best thing and he will be motivated to do well against his former team. I expect Romelu Lukaku to find the back of the bet here. The big Belgian has bagged 10 of his 14 goals away from home.
Udinese vs Inter Milan Betting Tips
Inter To Win @ 1.76
Both Teams To Score @ 1.91
Romelu Lukaku (Inter) @ 2.08