The Coppa Italia Round of 16 has started and in arguably the tightest battle of the bunch, Fiorentina makes the trek to face Udinese.Up until the semi-final stage, the Coppa Italia is a competition decided by one game playoffs and not two legs. Udinese will take on Fiorentina in a match both teams are keen on advancing to where the winner will face Roma.
As host, Udinese will have the advantage of the home crowd behind it but the team is still considered slight underdogs with a payout of 2.68 over at Uwin.com. This will be Udinese's first match in this year's competition, while Fiorentina will be playing in its third game after winning its third and fourth round encounters by 2-0 scorelines over lower division competition.
Both teams were eliminated in last year's competition at this stage.
Udinese is currently in ninth spot in the Serie A standings and has a subpar 3-4-1 (W-L-T) record at home. There has been an average of three goals in matches played at the Stadio Friuli this season, with Udinese conceding close to 1.4 per match in those contests. That indicates that both teams should score in the match, which is paying out 1.73. Also keep in mind that Fiorentina has also only been shutout once in all competitions this season.
A draw result in the outright market is slated at 3.20, while a draw/draw result in the halftime/fulltime bumps that to 5.00. Udinese has two more draws than any other team in Serie A at the moment.
Fiorentina has had a solid season thus far in league play, with an overall record of 9-3-5. The visitors are still one of only two teams in Serie to have an undefeated record at home, however all of their losses have come on the road, and an away mark of 2-3-3 doesn't exactly exude confidence in wagering directly on them.
However, if you prefer a Viola victory within regulation, which I do, you can have odds of 2.50. The good news is that the squad has done quite well as of late, losing only once in its last 11 games, which was a 4-2 away loss to Roma last week. They have scored at least two goals in seven straight games, which is why they are the third highest scoring team in Italy.
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