Juventus will look to continue their winning momentum in Serie A when they face Udinese at Allianz Stadium in game week 17. Meanwhile, Udinese will look to bounce back after their draw against ten men Empoli. Juventus won one goal to nil against Cremonese on their return to top-flight action after a seven-week break for the World Cup.
Juventus will be eager to keep the pressure on second-placed Milan, who are two points ahead of third-placed Juventus. They will be optimistic about securing maximum points in front of their fans.
Meanwhile, Udinese currently sits in eighth place in the Serie A table, five points behind sixth-placed Roma. They remain in contention to qualify for European football next season.
We now look at the stats for both teams compared to each other for the current season.
How have the teams performed?
The above viz shows the percentile rank of the home team in comparison to other Serie A teams. Juventus have had an incredible start to their Serie A campaign this season, currently sitting third in the table. Juventus are currently heading towards European glory in terms of securing a spot that gives them a chance to compete in the UEFA Champions League. It can be observed that Juventus are ranked above average in most of the stats. Juventus have performed well in the goals per 90 and crosses per 90 stats. Another stat where they have performed well is in passes per 90. Juventus have conceded the fewest goals in the current Serie A campaign, having conceded only seven goals in the 16 Serie A games.
The above viz shows the percentile rank of the away team in comparison to other Serie A teams. Udinese have had a mixed start to the Serie A campaign this season. Udinese haven’t won a Serie A game in eight games, drawing six and losing two. In 16 Serie A games this season, Andrea Sottil’s side has scored 25 goals and allowed 18. Udinese are ranked above average in offensive numbers, particularly shots per 90 minutes and goals per 90 minutes. They are also ranked well in key passes per 90 and press success percentage, indicating a solid start. Another stat in which they have excelled is xG per 90.
One of the reasons behind some early success for both teams is their positional attack efficiency. Juventus are the team that is ranked in the bottom half in terms of the efficiency of counterattacks, with 18% overall efficiency. In terms of efficiency in positional attacks, they are currently at 12% efficiency. Juventus averages 25.5 positional attacks and 2.13 counterattacks per match. They take 12.38 shots per match and have an accuracy rate of 37.9%.
Udinese are the fourth-best team in terms of efficiency in counterattacks, with 23% overall efficiency. In terms of efficiency in positional attacks, they are currently at 11% efficiency. They average 27.44 positional attacks and 2.25 counterattacks. The shot average is 13.25 per match, and the accuracy rate is 28.3%. Both teams can hit each other on the counterattacks.
Both teams in attack
Juventus are currently third in the 2022–23 Italian Serie A, with 34 points from 16 games played. They have won ten matches, drawn four, and lost two. They have scored 25 goals and conceded seven. We can observe from the above viz that the team has scored most of its goals from inside the box. The team has also scored a few goals from outside the box. Juventus have a 1.37 xG per 90 and an 11.14 shot per 90 average. Juventus players have created 33 big chances and missed 17 big chances in the current Serie A season.
Udinese are currently eighth in the 2022-23 Italian Serie A, with 25 points from 16 games played. They have won six matches, drawn seven, and lost three. They have scored 25 goals and conceded 18. We can observe from the above viz that the team has scored most of its goals from inside the box. Udinese players have created 25 big chances so far in this Serie A campaign. Udinese have an xG per 90 of 1.38 and an average of 13.25 shots per 90.
Numbers in defence
The above chart represents the ranking of teams in Serie A based on their percentage of defensive and aerial duel wins. It can be seen that Udinese are ranked fifth with a 57% win rate in defensive duels. Juventus, however, is not far behind at 54%. On average, the home team makes 40.88 interceptions versus 43.13 interceptions per 90 for Udinese. Udinese are the superior team in the air, winning 53% of their aerial duels to Juventus’s 51%.
Arkadiusz Milik is likely to lead the line for the home team. Milik has scored five goals in the current season of Serie A. Milik has scored goals for the Juventus side whenever he has been called upon. Arkadiusz Milik’s height allows him to beat the opposition’s defence on aerial duels and crosses. He will look to take advantage of this in the match. Milik has provided five goal contributions in 13 Serie A appearances this season.
Beto is most likely to lead the line for the visitors. He has scored six goals in Serie A this season. Juventus’ defence will have to remain tight, and they can’t afford to give him space in the final third. He will be the biggest threat from the visitors. Beto has provided six goal contributions in 16 Serie A appearances this season.
Juventus will be without their first-choice defenders Bonucci and Cuadrado; Vlahovic, Di Maria, and Pogba are also ruled out of the game. all of whom are struggling with injuries.
Udinese might miss the services of Gerard Deulofeu, who has been struggling with knee problems. Most Udinese players are fully fit and expected to start with their first-choice line-up.
This might be Game Week 17’s most interesting match as two teams, one fighting for a top-four position and another fighting to play European football, go head-to-head at Allianz Stadium. Juventus will have the home advantage, but it won’t be easy for them to beat Sottil’s Udinese. Both teams will need a bit of magic in the attack and hope their strikers get on the scoresheet.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine