Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus head to Udinese in dire need of all three points as their top-four hopes in Serie A hang in the balance.
Juventus visit Udinese on Sunday afternoon aware that anything less than victory could seriously harm their top-four prospects.
The outgoing champions are down in fifth-place in Serie A. No Champions League football for next season is now a serious risk ahead of their visit to Udinese, who sit 27 points below them in 11th-place.
Another close and perhaps cagey affair seems likely at the Stadio Friuli. The pressure is on Juventus, but Udinese’s home form may just give Cristiano Ronaldo and co a glimmer of hope.
Udinese Form & Stats
Despite managing just nine shots compared to Benevento’s 21, and seeing far less of possession, Udinese won 4-2. The Friulians were clinical when it mattered most, mustering five shots on target, to claim victory and move eight points above the relegation zone in 11th-place.
With their top-flight status almost secured, the pressure has eased. Udinese, unlike Juventus, have nothing significant left to play for. They can, therefore, afford a more daring approach to upset the odds stacked against them.
But while star man Rodrigo De Paul continues to excel, and Manchester City loanee Jayden Braaf shows promise, Udinese have the league’s lowest goal tally at home this season on 12 goals. They’ve also lost each of their last three matches in Friuli by a 1-0 scoreline.
Key Team Stats
- Lost their last 3 home games 0-1.
- Faced a penalty in each of their last four games in Serie A.
- Haven’t conceded a goal from a corner-kick this season.
- Conceded 14 goals in their last 5 home games against Juventus (W1 D1 L3) in Serie A.
- 17 different players have scored for the club in Serie A this season.
- Scored only 12 of their 36 goals at home in Serie A.
- Rodrigo De Paul has had 16 goal involvements in Serie A this season (8 goals, 8 assists).
Juventus Form & Stats
Another sub-par display ended in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina last weekend. The stalemate knocked Juventus out of the top four and left manager Andrea Pirlo under even more pressure. It’s fast becoming a make-or-break situation for the under-fire Italian in Turin.
In fact, Alvaro Morata’s second-half equalizer from the bench was the club’s only shot on target at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The draw was Juventus’ seventh in 16 games away from home this season (W6 L3). Their form on the road has cost them dearly in Serie A and has been one of the main factors behind their shattered title defense.
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, hopes to end a three-match scoreless run. The Portuguese hasn’t gone four games without a goal since November 2017. That said, he does have an impressive record against Udinese and has trained well over the past week according to Pirlo.
Key Team Stats
- Won 6 of their last 7 games against Udinese in Serie A (L1).
- Drawn 7 of their 16 away games in Serie A this season (W6 L3).
- Scored a second-best tally of 10 goals from corner-kicks in Serie A behind only Benevento (11).
- BTTS in 8 of their last 10 games in all competitions.
- Paulo Dybala has had 14 goal involvements against Udinese in Serie A (8 goals, 6 assists).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has supplied 5 goals and 1 assist in 4 games against Udinese in Serie A.
Out: Ignacio Pussetto, Mato Jajalo, Gerard Deulofeu, Jayden Braaf, Ilija Nestorovski.
Out: Federico Chiesa, Merih Demiral.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Serie A
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in Serie A.