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  • February 3, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 35152
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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.

  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 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.

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Sep 14, 2014Parma 4 - Milan 5SR-A
Aug 31, 2014Milan 3 - Lazio 1SR-A
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Aug 31, 2014Udinese 2 - Empoli 0SR-A
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Available Squads
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
25Daniele BoneraDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
-Lazar PetkovicGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
-Dušan BastaDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
75Thomas HeurtauxDefender
3AllanMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
34Gabriel SilvaDefender
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
9MurielStriker
-Alessandro FavaroGoalkeeper
22Simone ScuffetGoalkeeper
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
6Marco FaraoniDefender
22M. CamposMidfielder
-Roberto PereyraMidfielder
-Alexander MerkelMidfielder
94Piotr ZielinskiMidfielder
-Mathias RanégieStriker
-MaicosuelMidfielder

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