Preview - Udinese vs AC Milan 05 November 18

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Match Day 11
Udinese vs. AC Milan
Monday, November 5th 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Dacia Arena

Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Rodrigo de Paul (5)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n (5)

AC Milan stuttered a little at the start of the season in failing to win four of their opening five games. They have picked up the pace recently though with four wins in their past five taking them up to fourth place in the table.

It hasn't yet quite reached the desperate levels of last season for Udinese. It hasn't been good though and they sit just one place above the relegation zone headed into this game. Having lost nine of their past 12 Serie A games at home, it's hard to imagine they will be feeling too confident heading into this game against a side fancied to at least be threatening the Champions League positions come the end of the season.

This game ended up all square last season with the sides drawing 1-1. AC Milan won the reverse fixture 2-1.

There are a few of the walking wounded in both squads ahead of this game. Lukasz Teodorczyk, Bram Nutinck, Emmanuel Badu and Giuseppe Pezzela are on the side-lines for the hosts, and Ivan Strinic, Lucas Biglia, Mattia Caldara and Davide Calabria miss out for AC Milan.

Milan haven't been winning all that often on the road of late, with just the two wins in their past nine road trips in Serie A. They won't get too many better opportunities than this though and have been in good enough form to suggest they can see off this struggling Udinese outfit.

Prediction: Udinese 1 - 3 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  12 - 16
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 48% - 52%

Franck Kessie, Cristian Zapata and Alessio Romagnoli were all booked for AC Milan, with referee Marco Di Bello also taking the names of Samir, William Troost-Ekong and Ignacio Pussetto of Udinese and showing the straight red to Bram Nuytinck in the 5th minute of stoppage time.

There seems to be something about Serie A this season and late goals. We had another one here with AC Milan claiming the points deep into stoppage time at the end of the game.

AC were having the better of the early exchanges and had the pick of the chances in the first half when Patrick Cutrone was played in on the right. His effort from the edge of the area being well saved by Juan Musso.

It was AC Milan who continued to press in the second half without really being able to muster much in the way of clear-cut chances. Still goalless headed into stoppage time. Plenty of time for late drama though. First came the dismissal of Nuytinck for an off the ball incident five minutes into injury time, but even that wasn't the end of it.

Fully seven minutes into stoppage time Udinese coughed the ball up in the centre of the park and AC Milan struck on the break. Allowed all the time in the world to pass it amongst themselves inside the area, Alessio Romagnoli finally took the bull by the horns to blast an effort into the top right corner from around 12 yards. 0-1 final score.

A huge three points for AC in the end seeing Gennaro Gattuso's men continue their recent solid form which has now carried them up to fourth place in the Serie A standings. Udinese now sit fourth bottom, three points clear of the drop zone.

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