Udinese host Milan on Matchday 1 of the Serie A calendar. The Zebrette won their final three matches of the previous campaign to stave off the threat of relegation and will be reliant on home results in their bid to achieve a midtable finish. Meanwhile, a top four place is the objective for the visiting Rossoneri.
Where and when: Stadio Friuli, Udine – 25 August, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Udinese vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Krzysztof Piątek opened the scoring before fellow forward Kevin Lasagna equalised to earn a point for Udine back in April.
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Udinese v Milan Predictions and Preview
Despite the speculation surrounding his future, Rodrigo De Paul remains at the club. The Argentine was responsible for 17 goal involvements last term and almost singlehandedly kept the hosts up. De Paul has attracted Fiorentina, who are embarking on an ambitious project under new owner Rocco Commisso and weekend opponents Milan.
The South American also caught the eye of Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur and his exit is likely to be inevitable within the next 12 months. In the meantime, De Paul is committed to the club that gave him a chance and is 6/1 to open proceedings. The Zebrette are 11/4 to chalk up a victory and 23/10 to pick up a point.
Visitors Milan will be led by Marco Giampaolo. The Italian succeeded Gennaro Gattuso and has recruited shrewdly this summer, bringing in Empoli duo Ismael Bennacer and Rade Krunic, Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao and Leo Duarte as a new project begins in Lombardy.
The Rossoneri narrowly missed out on a Champions League place to bitter rivals Inter but, crucially, retained the services of talisman Piątek. Rumours had surfaced after the Pole signed for the club suggesting there was a clause which would allow the ex-Genoa ace to leave if the Diavolo missed out on a place in Europe’s premier competition, however this has since been disproved.
One to watch for Udinese: Ilija Nestorovski has been brought in to bolster the striking department and has a good record in the division. The new recruit from Palermo is 13/2 to bag last.
One to watch for Milan: Suso will take his place on the right flank and will look to cut in on his devilish left foot. The silky Spaniard is 12/5 to score anytime.
Long shot: Of the teams to finish in the top-half of the table last term, only Torino and Bologna scored fewer goals and there is an onus on Giampaolo’s midfield and attackers to contribute and ease the burden on Piątek’s shoulders. A convincing 3-0 success for the Rossoneri is 21/1.