Pair of Serie A Soccer Picks: Udinese vs. Fiorentina Predictions

Nikki Adams

Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:07 PM GMT

Those placing soccer picks are aware that Fiorentina are flying high in Serie A. They'll be looking to advance their bid for a Top Four Finish when they take on Udinese in Italian top-flight action.

Fiorentina Rising In The Ranks
La Viola are putting in a serious bid for a Top Four finish in Serie A and the ensuing Champions League spot. As it is, Fiorentina are sat in fifth place in the table behind a 12-9-6 mark and 45 points. They are level on points with fifth-placed Sampdoria but ahead on goal differential, and they are only a point behind Napoli. This weekend's clash against Udinese therefore could be potentially season-defining. The beginning of their ascent into the Top Four.

Indeed, La Viola enter this Serie A odds clash as the distinct favourites to win outright, albeit just a smidgen above even money at +120 on the Serie A odds board. There's a lot to like about La Viola right now and their form in all competitions, which is going to make them a popular soccer pick amongst many neutral Serie A fans this weekend.

After making headlines with the elimination of Tottenham Hotspur from Europe's second tier competition, few would have believed La Viola could punch above their perceived weight class twice in a row. But that's exactly what they did. Stealing domestic headlines after dumping Roma out of their all-Italian Europa League R16 tie on Thursday behind a 3-0 win in the nation's capital (4-1 on aggregate after they settled on a 1-1 draw in Florence the week prior). The win extends Fiorentina's impressive form since the New Year to just two losses in 18 games (11-5-2) in all competitions. The two losses came to Serie A opponents Parma and Lazio, both times on the road.

Aside from those, soccer bettors will struggle to find fault with La Viola. They held top-half-of-the table opponents such as Roma, Genoa and Torino to draws, while beating Milan, Inter and Palermo, to name a few.

Overall, Fiorentina are 7-3-4 on the road this season highlighted by scoring 21 goals and conceding 17 goals. The only sides they lost to are

 

Udinese Huge Home Underdogs
Udinese strike a weak pose on the soccer odds board as the decided home underdogs, matched at +240 to win outright or thereabouts depending on your sportsbook of choice. Even the draw is priced out of range or reasonable probability at +230 soccer odds.

This grim soccer betting outlook has everything to do with the perceived gap in quality between them and their upcoming opponents. Udinese are midway in the Serie A table, sat pretty in 12th place with a modest 8-8-10 mark. Home form is a so-so 5-4-4 while road form is a subpar 3-4-6.

Recent head-to-head stats don't help their cause in soccer betting circles. They've lost the last three fixtures with Fiorentina by a combined score of 7-1. Their last meeting was a 3-0 routing in Florence on October 29.

Udinese did recently snap a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Torino and a scoreless draw over Atalanta. The former was a signature win over a Serie A high-flyer that could give them confidence for this clash. That said there's a big difference between Torino (ninth with 36 points) and Fiorentina (fifth with 45 points).Expecting a win here would be  a case of punching above their weight.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict:
Fiorentina have form and momentum going into this game and that makes them our choice soccer pick at +120 to win outright. Udinese aren't going to be pushovers, but they simply don't have the answer to La Viola's firepower this season. So take the Over 2.5 for your soccer picks as well at +110.

Soccer Picks: Fiorentina +120 at 5Dimes; Over 2.5 at +110

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