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  • November 20, 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: D. Orsato
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Serie A Preview: Roma - Udinese

Serie A Preview: Roma - Udinese

Claudio Ranieri's men will look for a victory that will put them back into Scudetto contention...

Reviving The Scudetto Challenge

Roma’s dismal start to the 2010-11 campaign saw many write off their chances of launching a genuine fight for the Scudetto. However, with the rest of the title challengers struggling to maintain consistency and Claudio Ranieri’s side getting back into form again, the Lupi are back in contention.

However, more work needs to be done and more points need to be mustered if Roma are to consolidate their Serie A hopes. At the moment the Giallorossi are sixth in the league standings with 19 points from 12 matches, six points behind leaders Milan and just one behind fourth-placed Juventus.

Roma’s 1-1 draw with Juventus in the league last weekend brought an end to their four-game winning run in the Italian top flight but extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions. A win against Udinese is hugely expected especially given that they have not lost at home in the league yet.

Top Half Luxury


Udinese are expected to struggle for survival this season but the Bianconeri are currently stationed in eighth place in the table with 17 points from 12 matches. Interestingly, the Udine-based side are just a couple of points off a Europa League spot.

Last weekend an excellent Antonio Di Natale hat-trick inspired Francesco Guidolin’s side to a marvelous 4-0 victory over Lecce at the Stadio Friuli. It was Udinese’s fifth win of the league campaign, which is incidentally as many as Inter, Juventus, Roma and Palermo.

Nevertheless, the Zebrette must be aware that staving off the demon of relegation is their primary objective and to fulfill this aim they have to reach the 40-point mark as soon as they can. Udinese have a good record on the road too as they have won two of their six games away from home and will be confident of pushing Roma to the edge on Saturday.


TEAM NEWS

Roma

De Rossi, Okaka, Taddei and Perrotta are unavailable because of injures. Menez will be the playmaker for the Lupi and will be deployed just behind Vucinic and Borriello in a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Udinese

Zapata, Basta and Ferronetti are out of the match against Roma because of injuries while Pasquale is suspended. A 3-4-1-2 system will be used that will have Alexis Sanchez as the creator-in-chief from the midfield and Di Natale and Floro Flores as the two strikers.


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Players to watch

J. Ménez

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Menez will be the main playmaker for Roma against the Bianconeri and he will attempt to carry on his good run of late. The Frenchman’s vision and creativity cannot be put into doubt and he is beginning to gain some consistency, which should be enough to break down a vulnerable Udinese defence.

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 9

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Di Natale scored a sensational hat-trick in Udinese’s 4-0 triumph over Lecce last weekend and the Italy international striker will be the main force in the Bianconeri attack. Roma’s backline has conceded 15 goals in the league and Di Natale will have the confidence to add to that tally.

Editor's Prediction

Roma are starting to regroup themselves and win matches. Talks of another Scudetto challenge are beginning to gain voice and given their home form and superior squad, the Lupi should win against Udinese with comfort.
Roma are starting to regroup themselves and win matches. Talks of another Scudetto challenge are beginning to gain voice and given their home form and superior squad, the Lupi should win against Udinese with comfort.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Udinese

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
96%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
5 - 0
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AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
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AS Roma ROM
4 - 0
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