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February 3, 2013 7:45 p.m. GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Valeri‎
Attendance:‬ 35152‎
 
90+4′ (PG) Mario Balotelli
 

AC Milan-Udinese Preview: Balotelli arrival sparks Rossoneri optimism

Massimiliano Allegri's side at last appear to have put their early season struggles behind them and head into the game on a run of three wins from their last four outings

By Alec Fenn

Milan celebrating
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  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Bonera, Zapata, Constant
Flamini, Montolivo, Boateng
Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
UDINESE

Padelli
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Pasquale
Basta, Pinzi, Allan, Lazzari
Muriel
Di Natale

Regardless of the result on Sunday, in years to come the last seven days will always be remembered for the signing of Mario Balotelli.

The arrival of the former Inter man was a timely and symbolic reminder that AC Milan still have the ambition and allure to attract players of the highest quality to San Siro, at a time when many supporters feared quite the opposite.

Balotelli is likely to start on the bench for the Rossoneri, which means Giampaolo Pazzini will be handed the opportunity to continue his run of three goals in his last three Serie A appearances.

Udinese welcome back Mehdi Benatia from AFCON duty, with the defender set to go straight into the starting XI, while Luis Muriel should partner Antonio Di Natale upfront.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have won six of their last seven league games at San Siro.

  • The Rossoneri splashed out a reported 22 million on Mario Balotelli (right) on Tuesday as they bid to continue their rise up the Serie A table.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's side go into the game sat in fifth spot in the league table and only three points adrift of arch-rivals Inter.
  • Udinese finished third last season but have been inconsistent this term and sit in ninth place ahead of Sunday's trip to San Siro.

  • Antonio Di Natale now has 14 goals for the campaign at the grand age of 35-years-old.
  • The Zebrette were 2-1 winners in the first meeting between the two sides back in September.


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17Cristian ZapataDefender
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20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
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45Mario BalotelliStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
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3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
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30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
8Dušan BastaDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
34Gabriel SilvaDefender
75Thomas HeurtauxDefender
3AllanMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
9MurielStriker
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22Simone ScuffetGoalkeeper
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17Mehdi BenatiaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
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