Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(64) 42 Goals 44 (59)
(8) 5 Assists 13 (18)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.8)
27.5 Average Age 29.6
183.5 Average Height (cm) 181.3
(1.2) 1.4 Shots pg 1.2 (0.8)
(53%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 43% (44%)
(0.9) 0.9 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.8)
(1.9) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.7 (2.2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Massimo Ambrosini Out 6.81
Nigel de Jong Out 6.92
Dídac Vilá Out N/A
Player Reason Status Rating
Zeljko Brkic Out 7.05
Emmanuel Badu Out 6.59

Team News

  • After a lot of rumours and discussions, Mario Balotelli is finally a Milan player and could even start against Udinese.
  • The striker has only had a couple of training sessions with the team, so coming on during the second half is more likely.
  • Pazzini should be on the pitch from kick off in that case.
  • Udinese just sold Coda to Parma having welcomed Benatia back from the AFCON.
  • The defender trained separately and may have to sit on the bench in Milan, so Heurtaux will have another chance in the starting XI.
  • Muriel should be the first choice to start up front and partner Di Natale.

Prediction

  • Milan are moving back towards the top of the table, with the team in high spirits and with a top signing like Mario Balotelli secured. Allegri has to ensure the team's enthusiasm remains at an acceptable level though, to prevent Udinese from surprising his team.
  • Udinese have had a similar season to Milan's having started slowly and then climbed back from the bottom half of the table. Now Roma, Catania and Fiorentina are very close, and Guidolin can no longer hide behind the 'target' of survival.
  • The hosts will probably have good support from the crowd, as the fans will be keen to see Balotelli's potential debut. Therefore, Milan should try to push from the start and get an early lead. Udinese will probably play on the counter-attack as they have a lot this season. Milan will have to focus on Muriel and Di Natale, who have proved to be deadly in recent weeks.
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Comments (5)

 
  • Anyway, Ambrosini is fit and back in the squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Petkovic; Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Yepes, Zaccardo, Zapata; Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, Flamini, Montolivo, Muntari, Nocerino, Traorè; Balotelli, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

  • I hope an unexpected 1-2 for Udinese! #AlèUdin! Let's be the surprise of this week!

  • balotelli sent off

  • ooooooh, Balotelli!

  • Mario should be in the line-up

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