Udinese – Atalanta SOCCER PICKS
Udinese and Atalanta meet at Stadio Communale Friuli, in a match for the 15 th round of Serie A. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, who in the last 6 matches won 4 and tied 2 Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 10-29-2017, for Serie A, Udinese won by (2-1). R. de Paul (45 ‘) and A. Barák (68’) scored the goals of the match, for Udinese, and J. Kurtič (29 ‘), for Atalanta. Attention to the home factor, since Udinese usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
After 3 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 16th position, with 13 points won. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against Sassuolo by (0-0), after in the previous match they have won (1-0) at home, against Roma. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 10 goals scored and 21 conceded. For the championship, Udinese won 7 points out of 21 possible, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 7 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since in 14 of the last 22 they played there were less than 3 goals. In 14 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback.
The Udinese comes to this game with a draw, 0-0, in the displacement to Sassuolo, registering in this way the second consecutive game without losing in the Italian championship. However, it must be emphasized that the locals add only 2 wins in 7 games. In this game against Atalanta, coach Davide Nicola will not have to flee much from his usual game model, benefiting the organization of his block and successive quick transitions: Avest is a very fast and strong player in the offensive transition. Rodrigo de Paul is the best scorer of Udinese, with 6 goals scored. For this game the coach does not have Emmanuel Badu, Samir, Wagué and Barak, all with physical problems.
The away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 18 points won, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Empoli, by (3-2). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Napoli, by (1-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 36 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 33 goals scored and 11 conceded. In the last 7 away matches for the championship Atalanta has 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 21 possible. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 8 times and have only won 1 result. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 9 of their 25 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Atalanta enters this unmotivated day, after having added a defeat, by 1-2, in the reception to Naples. It is important to note that visitors register two snubs followed in the Italian championship, one of them outside the home, against the Empoli. In this game against Udinese, coach Gian Piero Gasperini must opt for a bold strategy, with the lines advanced, looking for any space to apply the attack. Alejandro Gómez is one of the most important players in Atalanta and is very competent in the offensive process. In addition, the player mentioned above is the best score of Atalanta, with 4 goals scored. Josip Ilicic will be out of this suspension game.