Serie A Preview: AC Milan-Udinese
Massimiliano Allegri's side at last appears to have put its early season struggles behind it and heads into the game on a run of three wins from its last four outings.
By Alec Fenn
Abate, Bonera, Zapata, ConstantFlamini, Montolivo, Boateng
Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Pasquale
Basta, Pinzi, Allan, Lazzari
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 has 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 welcomes back Mehdi Benatia from AFCON duty, with the defender set to go straight into the starting XI. Luis Muriel should partner Antonio Di Natale upfront.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan has won six of its last seven league games at San Siro.
- The Rossoneri splashed out a reported22 million euros on Mario Balotelli (right) on Tuesday as it bids to continue its rise up the Serie A table.
- Massimiliano Allegri's side goes into the game sat in fifth spot in the league table and only three points adrift of arch-rival Inter.
Udinese finished third last season but has been inconsistent this term and sits 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Milan 2-0 Udinese
- 24.35 %
Milan 3-1 Udinese
- 15.64 %
Milan 2-1 Udinese
- 14.19 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 8, 2014||Udinese 1 - Milan 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 22, 2014||Milan 1 - Udinese 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 19, 2013||Milan 1 - Udinese 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Feb 3, 2013||Milan 2 - Udinese 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Sep 23, 2012||Udinese 2 - Milan 1|
|Apr 19, 2014||Milan 3 - Livorno 0||SR-A|
|Apr 13, 2014||Milan 1 - Catania 0||SR-A|
|Apr 7, 2014||Genoa 1 - Milan 2||SR-A|
|Mar 29, 2014||Milan 3 - Chievo 0||SR-A|
|Mar 26, 2014||Fiorentina 0 - Milan 2||SR-A|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|10||Antonio Di Natale||Striker|
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