Italian Serie A match preview 23 July 2020 Udinese vs Juventus. Juventus could even mathematically secure the Scudetto on Thursday.
Juventus could even mathematically secure the Scudetto on Thursday, if other results go their way, but Udinese have plenty of motivation too.
The Bianconeri might be under criticism for their style of football under Maurizio Sarri and struggle more than in the past to get results. However, they are eight points clear at the top of the table and could clinch the title with three rounds to spare.
After two points from three games, they squeezed past a decimated Lazio and took advantage of slip-ups from Inter and Atalanta.
If Inter fail to beat Fiorentina on Wednesday, then a win at the Dacia Arena would crown Juventus champions for the ninth year running.
Leonardo Bonucci is suspended, with Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira still injured, so Daniele Rugani should get a rare start, with Matthijs de Ligt playing on through a recurring shoulder problem.
Federico Bernardeschi is back from his ban and Cristiano Ronaldo determined to fight Ciro Immobile for the Capocannoniere crown.
Udinese aren’t mathematically safe from the threat of relegation yet, but are nearly there and will be motivated for one final push.
They came so close to getting a result at Napoli, only to be undone by a last-gasp Matteo Politano stunner.
In recent weeks, they’ve beaten Roma and held Lazio, so seem to raise their game against the big clubs.
Stat fact: Cristiano Ronaldo is just one goal off equalling Felice Borel’s 1933-34 record of 31 Serie A goals for a Juventus player.
Italian Serie A match preview Udinese vs Juventus
Form Guide: Udinese (L D L W D) Juventus (W D D L W)
Udinese (3-5-2): Musso; Becao, De Maio, Nuytinck; Ter Avest, Stryger-Larsen, De Paul, Fofana, Sema; Lasagna, Okaka
Injured: Prodl, Mandragora, Jajalo, Walace, Teodorczyk
Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo
Injured: Chiellini, Khedira, De Sciglio
On a yellow card: Bentancur, Rabiot
Credit: Football Italia