Udinese vs Torino
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 16 September 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Dacia Arena (Udine).
After finally earning their first win of the season, Torino will hope to follow it up with a win against Udinese. The Granata are looking to secure a spot in Europe but they have earned four points, which sees them level on points with Udinese after three games.
The Zebrette, meanwhile, beat Sampdoria 1-0 which is their only win of the season, as they drew Parma 2-2 in a game they should have won and lost 1-0 to Fiorentina shortly before the break.
It will be a major concern for Udinese as last season they went on a kick before losing the plot totally. 11 straight defeats had them going from upper-mid table into the relegation battle before managing a late rally to avoid what would have been a shocking demotion to Serie B.
Having survived that awful roller coaster ride, Udinese and their fans certainly want to avoid any kind of drama this time around.
Torino, for their part will be hoping to avoid drama too as they want to make a serious push for Europe and avoid the same kind of slip-ups that cost them dearly.
Whilst Udinese’s problems were losing games, Torino’s problems were drawing too many. In fact, the Granata drew more games than they won, which cost them valuable points, and they will hope to make sure they turn more draws into wins this season.
Keeping Andrea Belotti at the club was vital and he was highly involved in the fightback against Inter to secure a 2-2 draw.
Whilst he didn’t have a successful international break with Italy, he’ll be looking to continue working hard up front for Torino, who beat Udinese both home and away last term.
Udinese vs Torino: Head-to-head statistics
- Udinese’s record against Torino at home: W14 L6 D13
- However, their last win against the Granata on home turf was back in March 2015 (3-2)
- Since then, it’s been D1 L1 at the Dacia Arena (formerly the Stadio Fruili)
- Torino are unbeaten in their last five fixtures against Udinese in Serie A (W3 D2)
- Torino have won three of their last five Serie A games (D1 L1)
Udinese vs Torino: Prediction
Torino beat Udinese both home and away last season and have won three of their last five trips to this ground.
Udinese, meanwhile have managed to avoid defeat in just two of their last eight at home, and despite a 1-0 win over Sampdoria, have slipped up already by losing to Fiorentina. Whilst they could certainly nick a goal, Torino should be able to edge this one out.
Udinese vs Torino: Betting tips
Torino – WIN at 17/11 (2.55)
BTTS – YES at 3/4 (1.75).