Udinese VS AC Milan Prediction
AC Milan must cope with any signs of exhaustion when on Sunday afternoon The Rossoneri will challenge Udinese. Second fixture between both sides in the 2016-17 Serie A season is set to take place at the “Dacia Arena” in Udine. We have visitors from Milan who are keen to take revenge for a lost home match in September, when Udinese surprisingly won 0-1 at the “San Siro”. Couple of months later Udinese takes on AC Milan and “The Zebrette” can be inspired by their last two visits in Milan. Except a win from September, Udinese avoided a defeat last season (1-1 draw last February). So current game can be really tricky for both clubs as they have enough reasons to pursue victory, but that is a common thing right now.
Match Preview: Udinese vs AC Milan 29.01.2017
Milan are on the road again and their Serie A trip to Udine comes only few days after an intense battle at the “Juventus Stadium” in Turin. Vincenzo Montella’s lost 2-1 to Juventus on Wednesday night and this virtually ends their aspirations for winning the Coppa Italia trophy.
Thus The Rossoneri can concentrate on the remaining Serie A rounds where they have almost half of their matches upcoming, so Milan keeps all chances to return in Europe next season. Of course, Milan surely dreams for a top three position and Champions League resurrection, but competition there is lethal and their home defeat (1-2) from Napoli last weekend can be crucial. Surely a frustrating week for everyone in Milan, but Vincenzo Montella should boost the confidence of his players as nothing has ended. Indeed, Milan has 18 Calcio games remaining to prove its worth and ambition to aim higher than of the seventh position, where we find The Rossoneri. Of course, we must note that Milan played one game less than most of the Serie A clubs, so they still have a good chance to reduce gap between them and the top 3 sides.
Udinese started the new year out of form, having lost three straight Serie A games. Moreover, Luigi Delneri’s men have scored only once in their last four fixtures which includes a goalless draw against Sampdoria prior short winter break. That draw from end of December has been followed by two defeats at home (1-2 vs Inter Milan and 0-1 vs AS Roma), before last weekend’s disappointment in Empoli – losing 1-0 by the hosts.
Team News, Squads and Missing Players
All these worthless attacking efforts by Udinese are demanding more aggression and we are sure that an experienced personality like Luigi Delneri realizes it very well. Anyway, he doesn’t have plenty of options up front and we doubt Delneri will make some massive changes in the squad, despite Udinese’s negative streak.
Friulian club is without injured starting right back Silvan Widmer and that’s not all. Udinese is affected by period when the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations takes place. Defender Molla Wague travels back to Italy since Mali was already eliminated from the tournament, but Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Badu is still on international duty.
Another African player has joined the club from Udine and that is the Ivorian midfielder Assane Gnoukouri, who comes on loan from Inter. However, it’s too early for him to take part in the game and most likely Udinese will start with central midfield trio including names of Seko Fofana, Jakub Jankto and Emil Hallfredsson. Belgian midfielder Sven Kums is also eager for first-team football and he can be an option as well. At the same time Udinese’s attack looks predictable and we expect a trio including Duvan Zapata, Rodrigo de Paul and top scorer Cyril Thereau.
On other side guests have been involved in a midweek encounter and we won’t be surprised if Vincenzo Montella refreshes Milan’s starting XI. Gabriel Paletta looks one of the players who can be reintroduced in the team, as Colombian defender Cristian Zapata was chosen for Alessio Romagnoli’s partner against Juve. Latter has missed game against Napoli since he was sent-off in the 2-2 draw vs Torino, so the 22-year-old Romagnoli should be fresh enough.
Another youngster who managed to “save” some of his energy is Manuel Locatelli. The 19-year-old central midfielder missed last weekend’s round vs Napoli due to suspension and also saw the red colour on Wednesday, when Locatelli was sent-off in 54th minute of the game. That happened seconds after Carlos Bacca made the score 2-1 and Milan would have had a better prospects to level the score by having 11 men on the field.
Mattia De Sciglio and Mario Pasalic are two other players who can return into Milan’s starting lineup. It can eventually happen at the expense of Luca Antonelli and Andrea Bertolacci. Meanwhile one of the first team players switched to the English Premier League, where M’Baye Niang will play for Watford until the end of current campaign. Besides an outgoing transfer, there is also a new arrival at the “San Siro’ and that’s talented Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu. He will play rest of the season for Milan since he was not a first-team player in plans of Everton’s coach Ronald Koeman. Contrary to Dutch manager, we believe Deulofeu is a great player and he can leave a mark in Italian football. He already made its debut for AC Milan in closing part of the midweek Coppa Italia fixture, when Deulofeu replaced Carlos Bacca and left some good impressions for the short time he had.
Chilean midfielder Matías Fernández was spotted on the bench in that game, meaning captain Riccardo Montolivo remains the only injured player for Milan.
Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Udinese will be well rested and fully prepared for this Serie A round, which is one of their main advantages. “The Zebrette” will also rely on the home advantage and that’s a factor which can help them in any moment of the match.
On other hand Milan should get used to the heavy workload and become psychologically and physically strong enough, if legendary club from Milan really wants to return its status. Vincenzo Montella will call for another strong and dedicated effort by his players and with some improvements in the formation we believe Milan holds more quality.
Udinese and Milan want to play clever and vigorous football, but also without much risks. Something which can easily turn the game into a tactical battle, where one goal can be a decider. Anyhow, an early goal and proper approach by either side can make the game more open and we find good value in betting on Milan.
To shrink from any possible upsets related to Milan’s midweek activity, we suggest betting on The Rossoneri, but with the Asian Handicap 0 backing them. This simply means you will have your money back if the game ends without a winner. Same as the “Draw No Bet” option, but in most occasions with greater betting odds. That’s why we recommend it to our visitors.
Venue: “Dacia Arena”, Udine.
Referee: Luca Banti.
Possible Lineups of Udinese and AC Milan
Udinese Calcio: Orestis Karnezis – Davide Faraoni, Danilo, Samir, Felipe – Seko Fofana, Emil Hallfredsson, Jakub Jankto – Rodrigo de Paul, Cyril Théréau, Duvan Zapata. (4-3-3)
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Mattia De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Ignazio Abate – Juraj Kucka, Manuel Locatelli, Mario Pasalic – Giacomo Bonaventura, Suso, Carlos Bacca. (4-3-3)