Udinese vs SPAL - Frail defences to be breached in Serie A

In form visitors to put a dent to Udinese’s survival hopes at the Dacia Arena
Udinese vs SPAL
Udinese vs SPAL clash tipped to produce goals at both ends in Serie A (Getty Images)

Udinese vs SPAL Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


BTTS is the tip when Udinese and SPAL meet in an Italian Serie A fixture at the Dacia Arena. The visitors have proved difficult to beat away from home but the poor state of both backlines makes BTTS the prediction at odds of 1.75. 

Udinese Calcio Form & Team News


Udinese eased some of their relegation fears last time out as they claimed a 3-1 victory at relegated Frosinone. They took a three-goal lead in the first half thanks to a brace from Stefano Okaka and an effort from Samir.

The Udine based club are now two points clear of the bottom three with two matches left to play. They are unbeaten in their last seven home matches, placing them at odds of 1.57 to win on Saturday. Having failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their last eight matches, BTTS looks a more likely outcome at 1.75.

William Troost-Ekong made his return from a short injury layoff in the win over Frosinone and should continue in central defence. Okaka is also expected to retain his place in attack following his double at Frosinone last time out.

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Udinese failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their last eight matches (Getty Images)

SPAL Form & Team News 


SPAL were beaten 2-1 at home by Napoli last time out in Serie A. Andrea Petagna struck an equaliser late in the second half after Partenopei had taken the lead but could not hold on and conceded the winner two minutes from time.

I Biancazzurri are well clear of the relegation zone and still have hopes of securing their first top 10 finish since gaining promotion in the 2017-18 season. At odds of 5.25, Leonardo Semplici's men are not fancied to win on Saturday but having gone unbeaten in three of their last four away matches, they have enough quality to earn a draw at the Dacia Arena at 4.00. 

SPAL have also struggled at the back this season and are without a clean sheet in five of their last six matches. Top scorer Petagna often makes up for the team's defensive problems and the striker will be looking to add to his tally of 15 Serie A goals this season.

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SPAL have also struggled at the back this season and are without a clean sheet in five of their last six matches (Getty Images)

Udinese vs SPAL Head to Head


SPAL have never lost to Udinese, claiming a win and two draws from their three previous matches. Both teams have also produced BTTS twice in that run.

Udinese vs SPAL Match Up 


Udinese’s defensive problems mean they are likely to struggle with the in-form Petagna leading the line for SPAL. They do have plenty of quality in attack with Okaka, Rodrigo de Paul and Kevin Lasagna, all impressing in recent matches.

SPAL have also been unconvincing at the back lately and are not expected to shut out the Udinese attack. They will be banking on Petagna to provide the spark at the other end of the pitch having scored five goals in his last nine matches. 

Udinese vs SPAL Key Statistics 


  • Udinese and SPAL have seen BTTS in 2 of their last 3 meetings (Serie A).
  • Udinese and SPAL have drawn their last 2 meetings (Serie A).
  • Udinese have failed to keep a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 matches (Serie A).
  • SPAL have failed to keep a clean sheet in 5 of their last six matches (Serie A).

Verdict


Udinese and SPAL have been poor at the back throughout the season but tend to make up for it with some quality on attack. BTTS is the predicted outcome here at odds of 1.75 while SPAL’s recent away form makes a draw the likely outcome at 4.00.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 1.75 at bet365 – 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 4.00 at bet365 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 7.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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