The sides that ended the last league campaign in third and second place respectively have experienced numerous problems in the new season, so this will feel like a must-win game for both Udinese and Milan.
Udinese are finding it hard to adapt to life without Samir Handanovic, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla, with their replacements struggling to make an impact at the start of the season.
As a result, the Zebrette are winless in six games, they have already been eliminated from the Champions League and have just one point after three Serie A games.
Francesco Guidolin’s side were on the verge of fourth defeat in five games as Anzhi looked to be cruising to victory in the Europa League clash, only for Antonio Di Natale to save one point by scoring deep into injury time.
The Friulani will give their best to record their first win of the season against Milan, but after six failed attempts, odds of 2.90 (19/10) offered at BetVictor on home win are simply not worth taking.
Antonio Di Natale, Dusan Basta and Giampiero Pinzi return after they were rested in midweek, while first choice keeper Zeljko Brkic is also back.
Andrea Lazzari is suspended, while Luis Muriel, Maurizio Domizzi and Andrea Mazzarani are all out through injury.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Brkic – Benatia, Danilo, Coda – Basta, Pereyra, Willians, Pinzi, Armero – Fabbrini – Di Natale.
Milan were always going to have problems after staying without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Antonio Cassano, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and few more senior players.
The Rossoneri did sign some very good replacements, but they have yet to make a real impact at San Siro.
Max Allegri’s side have been pretty disappointing in the early exchanges, beating only Bologna and failing to score in what should have been three easy home games, so they are now desperate to return to the right track.
Odds of 2.62 (13/8) offered at Paddy Power on away win show Milan are slight favourites to win at Friuli, but we should bear in mind the Rossoneri have won 7 of their last 9 away games in Serie A.
Max Allegri is set to make some changes to both the formation and starting line-up, with Philippe Mexes and Kevin Constant expected to start.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Abbiati – Abate, Acerbi, Mexes, Constant – Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino – Boateng, Pazzini, Emanuelson.