Udinese vs Parma
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
Udinese bagged their fourth win of the season in the final fixture of 2018 when they saw off Cagliari 2-0 at Dacia Arena. It was a strong display from Zebrette who finished the match with ten men after midfielder Rolando Mandragora got sent off with 12 minutes to play. The exclusion did not affect the victory which was secured rearlier via goals from Ignacio Pussetto and Valon Behrami. The win could have been even bigger had striker Kevin Lasagna converted the penalty at the hour-mark.
The highly-important victory saw Udinese make it three straight games without a defeat following back-to-back draws to Frosinone and SPAL. The team got five points off the red zone and they will be looking to extend this margin after Saturday’s maiden league clash of the year against Parma.
Udinese vs Parma: Head-to-head
The visitors lead the head to head tie by three wins coming into their 42nd encounter with Zebrette.
Udinese were, however, much more successful in matches in front of the home crowd where they won 9, drew 7 and lost only 4 of 20 against Parma.
Teams played a 2-2 draw when they met each other in mid-August at Ennio Tardini.
Udinese vs Parma: Prediction
Parma played hot and cold throughout the season but we can say they accomplished the main goal at the halfway point of the campaign. Crociati hold the 12th place in the league standings and are as many as 12 points above the red zone coming into this fixture with Udinese.
Parma’s games were mainly short on goalmouth action so far in the season. None of past five matches they played saw three or more goals scored. They kept consecutive clean sheets against Bologna (0-0 draw) and Fiorentina (0-1 win at Artemio Franchi). Their last game of the year saw a 0-2 home loss to Roma.
Since Udinese significantly improved their defensive efforts of late under Davide Nicola, we just can’t imagine a high-scoring scenario here.
Udinese vs Parma: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw at the half time @ 2.05 (21/20).