In any given soccer league across the world, only one team can end the season as champions. In most other sports, there are no prizes for finishing second, but that is not the case in the major European soccer leagues. Each country has a limited number of spots available for the top teams to head into the Champions League or the Europa League, with the former being the one that every team wants, making it into these competitions means a huge financial boost, as well as improving the likelihood of signing top quality players in the offseason, all of whom are looking for a shot at playing in this competitions. Let’s see how these Udinese Vs Roma teams arrive to this matchup so you can make your bets against their Serie A odds.
Udinese Vs Roma Serie A Game Preview
In Italy, the top 4 teams make it into the Champions League, while #5 goes to the Europa League. The team that lands in 6th goes to the Europa League qualification round. As it stands right now, the top 4 looks to be set in stone, but Roma will still feel as though they have a shot at moving up. They need wins, though, starting with a home game against Udinese on Thursday afternoon. Roma are favored by a goal at home, with the goal total set at 2 ½.
Why bet on Roma
There are 10 games left to play in the season in Serie A, which is not a lot of time to make up 9 points, which is exactly what Roma needs to do if they have Champions League aspirations. As It stands, though, their Europa League spot is still not safe, as there are teams creeping up on them from behind. They are 3 points ahead of Napoli, who are in the EL qualification spot, with Milan a further 3 points off the pace. Milan helped their cause with a 2-0 home win over Roma over the weekend, so this race is definitely on. Roma ran out comfortable 4-0 winners when they faced Udinese on the road earlier this season, and they will like their chances at home. Roma are 7-3-4 in their own building, scoring 28 and giving up 20.
Why bet on Udinese
Udinese has a stressful few weeks ahead of them before the end of the season, as they are being sucked in closer and closer to the relegation zone. They are now just 3 points clear of the drop zone and look to be in real trouble. On the bright side of things, they did put up a serious battle at home to top 4 team Atalanta over the weekend, but a 3-2 loss, no matter how well they played, does not help them at all. This is going to be another tough one, especially since they were rather soundly hammered by Roma in their previous meeting. No helping is the fact that Udinese has the worst road record in Serie A, going 2-3-9, and scoring just 11 goals while surrendering 26.
General Match Info Udinese Calcio Vs A.S. Roma
- When: Thursday, July 2 at 3:45 PM EST
- Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
- Udinese Vs Roma Live: ESPN
- Money Lines: Udinese wins +447 / Roma wins -172 / Draw +292
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given all the information that we have shared here, I’m a little surprised that Roma are only favored by a single goal. I think that taking them to cover in this one is the best way to go.
Pick: Roma 3 Udinese 0