Serie A leaders AC Milan head to the Dacia Arena on Saturday in a bid to maintain their advantage at the top of the table. It promises to be a close title race as we move into the new year, and every point is going to be vital.
Where and when: Dacia Arena – 11 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Udinese vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Milan needed a 97th-minute penalty from Franck Kessie to rescue a 1-1 draw on home soil when these teams last met at San Siro in March.
Udinese v Milan Predictions and Preview
With Napoli losing their second game of the season last weekend, Milan rose to the top of the pile courtesy of their 2-0 victory over Salernitana. The Rossoneri may have exited Europe altogether in midweek, but they may find that actually helps them in the title race.
Stefano Pioli may be happy concentrating solely on the league now, as Milan go in search of their first Scudetto since 2011. Given the troubles at Juventus, it’s a great opportunity for the Rossoneri to reinsert themselves at the top of the Italian game.
Il Diavolo have been excellent for the majority of their domestic campaign so far. They did lose back-to-back games after going unbeaten through their first 12 fixtures, but Milan have recovered with a pair of victories to get back on track.
In the evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan have the kind of talisman they’ll need to get over the line, while there’s stronger back-up across the pitch than there has been for years. The Rossoneri beat Udinese 2-1 and 3-2 in the two meetings before their most recent clash, and they are the 19/20 favourites here with William Hill.
The hosts are 33/10 in this Udinese v Milan preview, as they seek out their second home win against Il Diavolo in three attempts. The Bianconeri are having a poor season after only winning three of their opening 16 matches, and they could be in for a long and nervy campaign.
Udinese’s poor form cost coach Luca Gotti his job this week, so it remains to be seen what sort of reaction the players have to that. If there’s a new manager bounce of sorts, the draw could come into the equation this weekend at 45/17.
One to watch for Udinese: Gerard Deulofeu is having a decent enough season for I Friulani with four league goals so far, and he is 10/1 to add to his account with the opener in these Udinese v Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic always commands attention. The veteran Swede is on six Serie A goals this term and the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday night.