On Sunday, March 21, 2021, the Dacia Arena hosts Udinese vs Lazio in Matchday 28 of the 2020/21 Serie A.

In the 83 times that the two clubs have played each other in Serie A, the Biancocelesti have won on 38 occasions, the Bianconeri have won on 25 occasions and there have been 25 draws. When playing at home, Udinese has a record of 13W-12D-16L against Lazio.

As it stands in the top flight of Italian football, the Biancocelesti sit in seventh with a record of 14-4D-8L (46 points) and the Bianconeri sit in tenth with a record of 8W-9D-10L (33 points).


Udinese

In Udinese’s recent match, they tied Genoa 1-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The Bianconeri have been in good form in recent times as they’re unbeaten in their past five matches in Serie A. Goran Pandev opened the score within the first ten minutes of the match and the Genoa striker continues to prove that age is just a number. However, their lead was short-lived, as right at the half-hour mark, Udinese were awarded a penalty after Robert Pereyra was fouled by Domenico Criscito. Rodrigo De Paul made no mistake from the spot and scored his sixth goal this season. After starting the year poorly, Luca Gotti has really turned it around for Udinese.

Probable Starting Lineup

  • (3-5-2): Musso; Becao, Nuytinck, Samir; Stryger Larsen, De Paul, Arslan, Walace, Molina; Pereyra, Llorente

Luca Gotti will be without Mato Jajalo, Thomas Ouwejan and Ignacio Pussetto for this clash.


Lazio

This match takes place after Lazio lost 2-1 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Although it was an encouraging performance from the Biancocelesti, who put forth a valiant effort and didn’t quit until the final whistle, once again, preventable mistakes led to Lazio falling short. Marco Parolo scored the Biancocelesti’s lone goal off a free-kick taken by Andreas Pereira. This play highlighted Pereira’s technique to send a delivery into an effective area inside the opposition’s box.

Probable Starting Lineup

  • (3-5-2): Reina; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Muriqi, Immobile

Simone Inzaghi will be without Luiz Felipe and Mohamed Fares for this clash.


Final Words

Lazio head into Sunday’s away match listed as even-money favourites to win, in spite of how the Udinese side they’re facing have not conceded in their last four home matches.

In their past twelve meetings in Serie A, the Biancocelesti have only lost once to the Bianconeri. In addition, it is important to note that they managed to earn nine clean sheets over this period.

De Paul has been one of the few bright spots in this Udinese side. He has six goals and five assists this season; he has scored one goal and contributed four assists in the past five matches in Serie A.

As for Lazio, their talisman, Ciro Immobile, has struggled in recent times. He’s failed to score in six straight games across all competitions, showing poor form. However, the Italian has been successful versus Udinese, as he has three goals and one assist in the past four matches against them. He will aim to get out of his current goal-scoring drought against them this weekend.

If Lazio are to move up in the standings, they will need to be highly motivated, not let their guard down and figure out a way to break down Udinese’s defense.

Prediction

  • Udinese 1-1 Lazio