Roma vs. Udinese
September 23, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -150, Under 2.5 +120
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Roma is welcoming Udinese to Stadio Olimpico in round 5 of the Italian Serie A. Roma was on a 7-game winning streak, they looked fantastic, but then they lost to Verona in Serie A last weekend. Udinese has also had a great start to the season, but they also lost their last game to Napoli.
Roma has been one of the best offensive teams in Serie A so far with 11 scored goals, and I actually think this loss will do them some good because it will ground them after that winning streak. Defensively, Roma has been decent with 5 conceded goals. With 9 points, Roma is now in 5th place. In their last game against Verona on the road, Roma has had 48% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and only 70% of the correct passes. Nothing was working for Roma in this game, but they got ahead in the first half. In the second half, Roma has looked really sloppy, and they ended up losing this game 3-2. Pellegrini and Veretout have each scored 3 goals for Roma so far, while Pellegrini also added 3 assists. Spinazzola is now the only injured player for Roma. Ever since Mourinho took over this team, Roma has been constantly improving, and I really hope they can keep this up for a bigger part of the season.
Udinese has been solid so far this season, better than I expected, and they are in 9th place with 7 points, 6 scored goals, and 6 conceded goals. In their last game against Napoli at home, Udinese has had only 38% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 88% of the correct passes. I expected more from Udinese in this game, but in the end, they weren’t able to create a decent chance, and they ended up losing this game 0-4. Deulofeu has scored 2 goals for Udinese so far, but there is only so much one player can do alone. Udinese’s schedule is not bad in the upcoming weeks, and if they can bounce back from this loss, Udinese will have a few more positive results in the future.
Roma hasn’t lost any of their last 12 homes games while winning their last 9 straight home games. Roma is the better and deeper team here, they have the better offense and more consistent defense, and I see them bouncing back from their loss here.