Serie A - Week 8 : Milan - Udinese (19 Oct 2013 at 20:45 CET)
The match is tomorrow and still no thread for it. Well, here is my first thread that I am opening, hoping to bring us some luck!

Preview from Football Italia:

Udinese will be the next team hoping to worsen Milan’s crisis when they head over to San Siro on Saturday evening.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side will return to domestic action having dwelled during the international break on their misfortunes of games past and one in particular- a 3-0 friendly defeat to Ligue 2 side Caen.

The loss, albeit without the services of their international players, only underlined the crisis that has escalated on the training grounds of Milanello, as they sit in 12th place with just two domestic wins.

Rossonero management didn’t take too lightly to losing to M’baye Niang’s former side and they have forced the players to undergo a longer ‘ritiro’ in order to prepare for this weekend’s encounter.

Something which CEO Adriano Galliani insists is not about punishment for the lack of results, “We would not be punishing the players by sending them into a retreat. Milan have told the Coach and the players that the club is not happy with the team being in 12th place in the League. A retreat will serve in bringing concentration and allow everyone to be together. This would be the aim of the retreat and it is not there to punish anyone.”

Francesco Guidolin’s troops have managed to acquire 10 points from their opening seven Serie A fixtures and are still yet to take maximum points while on the road this year.

Keep an Eye On: Sulley Muntari (Milan) - Strikers Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli haven’t been at the disposal of Massimiliano Allegri for a while now but that hasn’t seemed to stop Sulley Muntari from stepping up to the plate. The midfielder is currently the leading goalscorer for the Rossoneri, along with Balotelli, and he has proven to hit some decisive goals so far this season. His midweek strike for Ghana also confirmed his impressive form and he will no doubt prove crucial as the heavily depleted Milan side host Udinese.

Form Guide: Milan (D L D W L) Udinese (D L W L W)

Last Season: Milan 2-1 Udinese

Stat Fact: Udinese have not defeated Milan at San Siro in seven Serie A matches- the last victory for the Bianconeri coming in a 2-3 win back in 2006-07.

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Serie A - Week 8 : Milan - Udinese (19 Oct 2013 at 20:45 CET) - by maharaja - 10-18-2013, 06:00 PM