Udinese will provide tricky opposition for Serie A counterparts Milan this weekend after pulling away from the drop zone. Luca Gotti looked set for the sack after the Zebrette lost five of the first six matches of the campaign but the tactician has turned things around and a midtable finish is the new objective.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 3 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Udinese: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Zlatan Ibrahimovic got the winner after efforts from Franck Kessie and Rodrigo De Paul.
Milan v Udinese Predictions and Preview
Stefano Pioli freshened things up in midweek for the Europa League clash with Crvena Zvezda. The former Lazio and Inter boss handed starts to Diogo Dalot, Fikayo Tomori, Soualiho Meïté, Rade Krunic and Samu Castillejo but the quintet are likely to make way for regulars Theo Hernandez, Simon Kjaer, Sandro Tonali, Ante Rebic and Alexis Saelemaekers.
Ibrahimovic is 13/5 to open proceedings and has not given up on the Scudetto. The talisman has been the catalyst for Milan’s considerable improvement over the last 18 months and will ensure his team-mates push the Nerazzurri all the away.
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Rebic will line up on the left flank and is 9/2 to break the deadlock. The versatile Croatian can play in a number of positions and has nine goal contributions from 20 appearances this term.
Hakan Calhanoglu has been widely expected to extend his future at the club but has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal. Despite the ongoing uncertainty, the playmaker is an integral member of Pioli’s eleven and is 2/1 to net anytime. Only Ibrahimovic has scored more than Franck Kessie for Milan this season and the powerful midfielder is 21/10 to strike anytime. The Rossoneri are 8/11 to chalk up victory and a draw is 11/4.
Visitors Udinese have chalked up seven points from the last four fixtures. The Zebrette bolstered the ranks in January with the arrival of Fernando Llorente and the veteran gives the travelling party a real focal point. Llorente is 21/10 to register anytime and Roberto Pereyra can be found at 11/4.
Juan Musso will need to be at his best to keep Ibrahimovic and company at bay. The Inter target is valued at €30 million by his current employers and has been earmarked as Samir Handanovic’s long term successor. Udinese are 7/2 to emerge triumphant and maintain their good recent run.
One to watch for Milan: Rafael Leao is 11/2 to bag last and the starlet is in contention to feature at this summer’s European Championship with holders Portugal.
One to watch for Udinese: Rodrigo De Paul is on the radar of a host of top European teams and deserves his big move. The South American is 21/10 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Milan will not be looking over their shoulder just yet but will be conscious they are only six ahead of Lazio who are not even in the Champions League places. A 4-0 outcome is 35/1 and would be just the boost ahead of a gruelling set of games.