Lazio and Udinese face off at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are both in the top four in Serie A after the first nine rounds.
The hosts have not given up a goal in the top division since early September, and both teams have won four of their previous five league contests to sit on the shoulders of league-leading, unbeaten Napoli. Betting Sites Lazio vs Udinese
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With the exception of two draws in the Europa League against Sturm Graz, Lazio has been tenacious in their chase of extra points over the past month, winning each of their last three league games by the identical score.
The Aquile continued their dazzling Serie A form last weekend, dismantling an ambitious Fiorentina side at Stadio Artemio Franchi. This comes after they defeated Spezia and Cremonese either side of the international break.
Matias Vecino and Mattia Zaccagni’s goals gave Maurizio Sarri’s team a two-goal lead before the half-hour mark, and they added late goals from Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile.
If they can defeat their opponents on Sunday, they would become the first team in the club’s lengthy history to win five league games without giving up a goal.
Lazio are far from certain to advance in Europe after battling to a draw with Sturm Graz in midweek, when Manuel Lazzari was given the boot in first-half stoppage time. They are still one of four teams tied on the same number of points in an intriguingly poised Group F.
Now that concerns about the continent are put on hold for the next two weeks, Sarri’s team must focus on a difficult pair of domestic matches, with the match against Atalanta coming up after Udinese’s trip to the Olimpico. Udinese staged a stirring comeback to tie with Lazio in their most recent encounter in the Italian capital in December thanks to a goal from Tolgay Arslan in the final minute.
The Friuli team came into that match suffering and towards the bottom of the Serie A standings, but this time they arrive in Rome level on points with their more illustrious rivals.
Indeed, Udinese have earned 20 points from their first nine Serie A games of a season just once before in club history, and that was in 2008.
The Friulani were finally held by fellow form team Atalanta last week after six straight wins, including victories over Roma and Inter. Atalanta rallied from two goals down to earn a point with goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Nehuen Perez in the second half.
All of these things simply served to increase their total number of points gained from trailing positions this season, which is presently at 13 and is the best such figure among Europe’s top five leagues, confirming their never-say-die attitude under head coach Andrea Sottil.
Though history is undoubtedly not on their side when it comes to overthrowing Lazio, they now face one of their biggest challenges to date: In their last 15 league encounters with Sunday’s opponents, Udinese has only triumphed once while suffering 10 losses.
There is little reason not to anticipate more goals on Sunday afternoon, since Lazio and Udinese have the highest shot conversion percentages in Serie A this season.
The visitors’ unbeaten streak may end due to the home team’s present dominance and their ability to maintain clean sheets, but not before some exciting moments at either end.