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Milan vs. Udinese Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
15 January 2020
Sunday 19 January
San Siro – Serie A
Milan brought back three points from Sardinia last weekend and are preparing to face a confident Udinese in an interesting contest at San Siro. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his first start in his comeback with the Rossoneri and will be hoping to inspire the Diavolo to another win against an in-form Udinese.
In their 10 past meetings, the Friuli side has a form on 4-3-3 over the Rossoneri, who have been struggling to bounce back from a period outside of the best in Italy. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts at Dacia Arena this term and Udinese will be hoping to continue their great form but also take inspiration from the match decided by Rodrigo’s only goal in Italy. Milan are hoping that their latest win against the Rossoblu in Sardinia will spur them on, but against Udinese at home, they have an inconsistent form of 1-1-1 in their last three meetings at the Giuseppe Meazza and are only one point above their direct rivals ahead of this weekend’s match.
Ricardo Rodriguez and Lucas Biglia are currently out injured since the start of the year, whilst Leo Duarte is expected back late March this year and has been out since November. Other than that, Stefano Pioli have a healthy squad to pick from, but some of their players future at the club is uncertain and might be decisive as the tactician picks his side against Udinese.
Luca Gotti will have to come without Samir for another month and a half but has most of his squad in top shape ahead of the difficult trip to San Siro. Rodrigo de Paul has been linked with a move away from the club but is expected to continue his great form in the coming games, inspiring Udinese to another win.
Milan vs. Udinese Preview and Predictions
Ibrahimovic’s goal against Cagliari will boost Milan’s confidence ahead of the second half of the season as the back 19 fixtures start with a home game against Udinese. After 19 games, Milan are 10th in Serie A and will be only looking to climb the table and are hoping their troubles in front of goal could end with the Swedish superstar’s presence in the squad. Milan may be backed at 1.51 to win also this weekend and Stefano Pioli’s men are looking to build on a run of two games without losing.
But Udinese aren’t travelling to Milan to roll over for Pioli’s men and Gotti has inspired the Friuli side to three wins on the bounce and they can leapfrog Milan in the standings with a win, that may be backed at 7.00. If you think they will hold the hosts to a draw, it stands at 0.00.
It’s been a turbulent season for both sides, but they are also finding their feet after the turn of the year. The Argentine De Paul has lifted the belief at Dacia this year and is currently the club’s leading goal scorer on four goals, joint-top with striker Stefano Okaka. At Milan the numbers are equally bleak after 19 games, with Theo Hernandez and Krzysztof Piatek both on four goals, sharing the lead at San Siro. This doesn’t show a promising game and might lead to a low scoring affair, but it’s also true that Ibrahimovic has now replaced the Poland international, but has himself admitted he will have to get back into shape after two months on holiday.
The former Sweden international could provide the solution at San Siro, but it doesn’t all depend on him either and Gotti’s men could cause an upset at the Giuseppe Meazza this weekend. The odds might be in favour of Milan, despite Udinese’s current run of form and their convincing defensive displays against teams in and around them in the table. They will give Milan an honest fight for the points and could even upset Zlatan and co.
Total amount of goals Under 2.5 at 1.95
Udinese have won three on the bounce and two of them have been high scoring games, but their defensive record seems strong lately and might not get the same kind of opportunities to score at San Siro, against a Milan side who haven’t conceded a goal since their thumping 5-0 defeat to Atalanta before the winter break. If you exclude the game against the Dea, Milan have only conceded two goals in five of those six last games.
Milan to win to nil 2.35
Expecting another great performance from Gigio Donnarumma in goal and a decisive Zlatan up front, could lead to a narrow win over Udinese this Sunday. The odds for a win is too low and it would have to be spiced up with a combination of the results during the game. Another game without conceding is a better option than a win and both teams to score, as Udinese aren’t hot favourites to get something from a Milan side trying to direct a revival.