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Serie A: Udine vs Milan


Group top AC Milan will head to Stadio Friuli on Sunday to host a struggling Udinese as they want to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign. Records began to fall when Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the attractive Rossoneri seemed to overcome all the barriers set both at home and abroad. Luca Gotti's Zebrette, meanwhile, sank into one of the worst beginnings in their history.

The home team's significant injury list has begun to dwindle towards the end of the hour, with midfielder Walace and goalkeeper Juan Musso being the latest to return. Dutch defender Bram Nuytinck is getting closer to recovering from a few weeks off with a limb injury, though he won't be ready for Sunday. Likewise, Sebastian Prodl and Mamadou Coulibaly are out, with midfielders Mato Jajalo and Rolando Mandragora also unavailable for the Bianconeri. Therefore, Tolgay Arslan will continue to kick in the center of the field as Udinese's three-man midfield. Okaka's insignificant overhead threat would be one of the few aspects of that match to catch the attention of Milan scouts, as Gotti patiently waited for the other members of former team Watford - Ignacio Pussetto, Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu - opened fire. Perhaps the only good news that precedent has to offer for the home team is that Milan only won three of their last 12 matches in Friuli - losing 7 - with their most recent win coming November 2018. Real accept striker Stefano Okaka finally found a goal, with a double against Fiorentina last week, Udinese again failed at the hands of Viola. They controlled the ball more and hit significantly more on goal than Beppe Iachini's home team.

Milan have won four out of five league games this season, continuing the irresistible trend following the course - only under legendary coaches Fabio Capello (1995-96) and Carlo Ancelotti (2003-04 ), they have just won 5 of the opening 6 matches of a Serie A season since winning three points for a win. Sparkling contributions by some of the team members in the Europa League left Pioli a selection headache, as Rafael Leao and Alexis Saelemaekers continue to make themselves almost indispensable and the skillful Spanish couple Brahim Diaz and Samu Castillejo also started fighting. Star Ante Rebic last season appeared to have completed his recovery from the lingering effects of an elbow dislocation and could return to the team, while Mateo Musacchio resumed his recovery from ankle surgery.  




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