A rising Juventus team hosts Udinese in the back of their first Serie A match of the season on Saturday night.
Udinese drew 2-2 when they hosted Massimiliano Allegri’s team in a successful start to the season. The team currently under the supervision of interim coach Gabriele Cioffi took seven of its 20 points during the first three matches with Luca Gotti at the helm. Juventus, conversely, enter the competition on their longest undefeated Serie A series in the campaign.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s match.
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When is kick off? Saturday 15 January, 19:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? Allianz StadiumTV channel / livestream? BT Sport (UK), Paramount + (USA)Highlights? Series A YouTube channelJudge? Antonio GiuaWHERE? Daniele Chiffi
Aaron Ramsey tests positive for Covid-19https: //t.co/ZNJ76V862y pic.twitter.com/06vq5hYS01
– JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 10, 2022
The tension with Juve’s quirky 4-3 victory over Roma last weekend was exacerbated by the ACL demolition that Federico Chiesa received. With the outside ruled out for the rest of the season, 90 minutes revealed that Juventus are ready to start negotiations with Manchester United’s late Anthony Martial.
Aaron Ramsey is also evaluating his options this winter after Allegri confirmed he is an “outgoing player”. However, the Wales international has tested positive for covid-19, which complicates a step forward and excludes him from this weekend’s actions.
You can read Juventus’ expected line-up for the match here.
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– Udinese Calcio (@ Udinese_1896) January 11, 2022
Udinese is at the epicenter of the covid chaos that is raining down on a warlike Lega Serie A that seems keen to get every match fulfilled what is required. The squad was initially quarantined by local health authorities – missed a match against Fiorentina – until the league successfully overturned the decision.
Forced on the pitch against Atalanta with eight positive tests among the squad (and four from the coaching staff), the club confirmed that one of the players who would be in the 6-2 loss since then has been added to the squad in isolation.
With Udinese protecting the identity of those affected by covid-19, Roberto Pereyra is one of the few confirmed absentees with a shoulder injury.
Surprisingly, Juventus have lost more Serie A matches against Udinese at home (seven) than they can boast away from home (six). However, Juve have won their last five league matches with Friulani at the Allianz Stadium and scored at least two points on each outing.
Juve took their 20th draw in this match on the opening weekend of the season (along with 64 wins and 13 losses). A failure to collect all three points on Saturday would be the first time that Bianconeri has run a league campaign without at least one victory over Udinese since 1989/90.
Massimiliano Allegri’s first match of his second season as Juventus coach was a 2-2 draw against Udinese / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages
Juventus may have gained momentum from an eight-match unbeaten streak (including six wins) slightly punctured by a last-ditch Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Inter in the middle of the week, but they remain clear favorites this weekend.
Udinese have won a total of two Serie A matches since mid-September in an absolutely overwhelming victory that can not be entirely blamed on their recent staff turmoil. It has been a bit convincing for the old lady this semester either, but Juve could very well take advantage of the mitigating circumstances.
Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Udinese
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