Juventus vs Udinese: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Juventus dropped points in their first game of the season against Udinese, a portent of the struggling campaign they have since endured
Juventus dropped points in their first game of the season against Udinese, a portent of the struggling campaign they have since endured / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

A Juventus side on the rise host Udinese in the reverse of their first Serie A fixture of the season on Saturday evening.

Udinese earned a 2-2 draw when they hosted Massimiliano Allegri's team in a successful start to the season. The side currently under the supervision of interim coach Gabriele Cioffi racked up seven of their 20 points in the first three matches with Luca Gotti at the helm. Juventus, conversely, come into the contest on their longest unbeaten Serie A run of the campaign.

Here's all you need to know about the weekend's game.

How to watch Juventus vs Udinese on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 15 January, 19:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Allianz Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport (UK), Paramount+ (US)
Highlights? Serie A YouTube Channel
Referee? Antonio Giua
VAR? Daniele Chiffi

Juventus team news

The thrill of Juve's bonkers 4-3 victory over Roma last weekend was soured by the ACL tear sustained by Federico Chiesa. With the winger ruled out for the rest of the season, 90min revealed Juventus are set to begin negotiations with Manchester United's wantaway Anthony Martial.

Aaron Ramsey is also assessing his options this winter after Allegri confirmed he is an 'outgoing player'. However, the Wales international has tested positive for COVID-19, complicating a move going forward and ruling him out of the weekend's action.

You can read Juventus' predicted lineup for the game here.

Udinese team news

Udinese are at the epicentre of the COVID-chaos raining down upon a belligerent Lega Serie A which appears hell-bent on getting every fixture fulfilled whatever it takes. The squad were initially placed under quarantine by the local health authorities - missing a match against Fiorentina - until the league successfully overruled the decision.

Forced onto the pitch against Atalanta with eight positive tests among the playing squad (and four from the coaching staff), the club confirmed that one of the players to feature in that 6-2 loss has since been added to the group in isolation.

With Udinese protecting the identity of those that have contracted COVID-19, Roberto Pereyra is one of the few confirmed absentees with a shoulder injury.

Juventus vs Udinese head-to-head record

Surprisingly, Juventus have lost more Serie A games to Udinese on home soil (seven) than they can boast away from home (six). However, Juve have won their last five league matches with the Friulani at the Allianz Stadium, scoring at least twice in each outing.

Juve claimed their 20th draw in this fixture on the season's opening weekend (to go alongside 64 wins and 13 defeats). A failure to collect all three points on Saturday would be the first time the Bianconeri have gone a league campaign without at least one win over Udinese since 1989/90.

Juventus vs Udinese score prediction

Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri's first game of his second spell as Juventus manager was a 2-2 draw against Udinese / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Juventus may have had the momentum built from an eight-game unbeaten stretch (including six wins) somewhat punctured by a last-gasp Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Inter in midweek, but they remain clear favourites this weekend.

Udinese have won a grand total of two Serie A matches since mid-September in a thoroughly underwhelming run that can't entirely be blamed on their recent personnel concerns. There has been little convincing about the Old Lady this term either but Juve could well take advantage of the mitigating circumstances.

Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Udinese