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Preview: AC Milan vs Udinese - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

For the first time in over a decade after winning the Scudetto in May, AC Milan launch the crown’s defense against Udinese Saturday evening.

San Siro will host the 2022/23 champions’ official debut, and the Rossoneri are under pressure to start with a win.

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Compensating for a failure to keep pace 12 months ago, Milan posted a six-game winning streak at the end of last season to hold off arch-rivals Inter and clinch their first league title in 11 years.

popular coach Stefano Pioli Lazio’s former boss helped win his first major trophy after years of trying – led by a handful of cunning veterans – mostly youthful team architects.

Pioli also made it within budget, and despite his success last season and funding from the long-delayed Champions League campaign, there were no summer big shots at San Siro.

influential midfielder Frank Kesy left to join the revolution in Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic After knee surgery, he will be on hiatus until next year. In response, the Rossoneri hierarchy approved Liverpool’s signing. Divock Origi Another Belgian star, Charles de Queteraer.

The latter arrives at Milanero to drain their £30m budget, but Milan still have a thinner squad than possible title rivals Inter and Juventus. Jose Mourinho.

Despite this, the pre-season went well for the champions, winning 4 of their 5 matches and scoring 17 goals to set themselves up for a title defense.

Milan have also lost just one of their last 10 league games against Udinese. Start as a strong contender to successfully start the new season.

Udinese's Nahuel Molina against AC Milan's Theo Hernandez on 25 February 2022© Reuters

Following their share of the spoils at San Siro in February, Udinese actually drew back-to-back 1-1 draws over their Rossonero rivals, but only 1 won their last six Serie A matches on the opening day. there was only one.

Huluilani started the 2022-23 season in much the same fashion as most years, and has seen several players agree terms elsewhere.

Nahuel MolinaAn impressive season in Argentina secured a move to Atletico Madrid. Rodrigo de Paul Went last year – meanwhile Gerald Deulofeu Despite the unsuccessful switch to Naples, we may still leave.But more aggressive, talented wingback Destiny Udogi He plans to sign for Tottenham Hotspur but will stay at Udine for another year on loan.

No doubt Udinese, who finished 12th last season, are still sellers and are happy to avoid relegation without threatening their European places. I’m here. Luca Gotti Fired in December and replaced by an assistant Gabriele Coffi.

When Verona look to Coffi to replace former Udinese coach Igor Tudor Former Bianconeri defender this summer Andrea Sottil After enjoying a productive period at Friuli at the turn of the century, he took his place in the dugout.

Udinese beat Feral Pizarro of Serie C in the Coppa Italia 2-1 in Sotir’s competitive debut last Friday, before facing Monza or Frosinone in the second round in October. .

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AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali pictured on 23 January 2021© Reuters

Frank Kesy hasn’t been replaced yet, so Sandro Tonali Milan, who missed the opening game of the season due to injury, will have to improvise in midfield. Rade Krunic and return Tommaso Povega It is the most likely candidate to replace the latter.

Tonali has been training individually at Milanello alongside long-term absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while new signing Divock Origi has just returned from injury.

therefore, Olivier Giroud should be at the forefront, Ante Levick After serving as a substitute several times, he is waiting to be replenished as a center striker again. Signed star player Charles De Queteraere hopes to start to support the frontman, but is expected to begin his Serie A career on the bench.

Udinese’s new manager Andrea Sottil has so far tended to favor a four-man defense, but he was lined up in the familiar 3-5-2 formation against Feral Pizarro in the Coppa Italia last week, and San Siro’s But it will.

Like AC Milan, the Bianconeri have fielded the same 11-man squad that ended last season, scoring 13 goals in 34 appearances in Serie A in the 2021/22 season before Destiny Oudoguier functioned on the left flank. , Gerard Deulofeu provides the main attack threat.

Among freshmen, Jaka Bijol (from CSKA Moscow) and Adam Masina (Watford) most likely to start, in the Irish pair Festi Evosere When James Avanquar Both have settled into their positions among the understudy.

Candidates for AC Milan’s starting XI:
Mainan; Calabria, Karl, Tomori, Hernandez. Benather, Krunick. Messias, Diaz, Leo.Giroud

Candidates for the Udinese starting lineup:
Silvestri; Bekao, Vijol and Perez. Soppy, Pereira, Wallace, Makengo and Udogi.Deulofeu, success

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We say: AC Milan 2-1 Udinese

Milan may have been overwhelmed in the transfer market, but they have a well-defined way of playing that has proven effective over the past two years.

A home game against a relatively modest opponent should be a gift to kick off the new season, but Udinese can be a tricky customer and won’t be easily dispatched.

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