Team news: Mario Balotelli starts, but Milan have an ever increasing injury list as Jeremy Menez (back), M’Baye Niang (foot) and new signing Andrea Bertolacci (thigh) are all expected to miss out, as will Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonelli. Udinese will be without Alexander Merkel following a long-term knee injury he obtained, while Silvan Widmer and Guilherme also miss out. Kickoff tme is 20:45 CET at Stadio Friuli. It’s the 5th Serie A matchday.

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AC Milan (4-3-1-2) – Sinisa Mihajlovic
Diego Lopez; Davide Calabria, Cristian Zapata, Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia De Sciglio; Nigel De Jong, Riccardo Montolivo, Giacomo Bonaventura; Keisuke Honda; Carlos Bacca, Mario Balotelli.
Bench: Abbiati, Donnarumma, Alex, Llamas, Ely, Poli, Jose Mauri, Locatelli, Nocerino, Suso, Luiz Adriano, Cerci.

Udinese Calcio (3-5-2) – Stefano Colantuono
Orestis Karnezis; Molla Wagué, Maurizio Domizzi, Iván Piris; Edenílson, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Manuel Iturra, Bruno Fernandes, Ali Adnan; Cyril Théréau, Antonio Di Natale.
Bench: Meret, Romo, Camigliano, Danilo, Felipe, Herteaux, Insua, Pasquale, Widmer, Marquinho, Aguirre, Perica, Zapata.

Referee: Daniele Doveri.

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angry birds
angry birds
5 years ago

Thats why inter win 4 games..
Its because they have better defense..
So they didnt need to play better..
We have big problem in defense and mentality…
In midfield we havr improvement after berto gone..

TriniMilanista
TriniMilanista
5 years ago

It’s like Alex became a bigger, balder, brazilian version of Bonera.

pelle80
pelle80
5 years ago

Nice victory. 3 golden point and we are now 4th for now. Please miha stop starting honda.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
5 years ago

Defence wins the game. Our defence needs a overhauling.

Patpete
Patpete
5 years ago

Balotelli’s technique and hold up play is so frighten good. I really hope he stays calm and concentrated and pushes himself to reach that world class bracket. It’s still possible.

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
5 years ago

We’ve conceded 8goals in just 5matches, pretty poor & leaky defence. Has to be worked on quickly. Though a positive to note is that we are improving steadily. Happy for d win

gaushow
gaushow
5 years ago

great result, great 1st half!!!

bonaventura and balotelli are playing very well =)

David
David
5 years ago

Luiz Adriano needs to score soon. Or balotelli will have his spot as a starter for sure

rosso
rosso
5 years ago

lol why we leak so many goals good we got 3 points though

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
5 years ago

Missed the match today, but ive been waiting since preseason for monty and dejong to be paired together. My ideal line up has monty and dejong together in a 442 or a 4231…

Hoping someone can reply and let me know if their partnership worked well today?

Misund
Misund
5 years ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

I dont know, I also wanted this lineup. I wanted de jong in guttuso role, but now im not so sure anymore.
De jong dont have the speed work rate nor dos he have any passing skills, i love his defending but because he has ZERO abilityes to do anything else im starting to agree with Man City.

BleedRedAndBlack
BleedRedAndBlack
5 years ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

dejong was not awful but still kucka was far better.. may be de jong shud just sit in front of defense and push montolivo a bit further.. dejong-Montolivo-Bertolacci/Kucka-Bonaventura shud be a good solution provided bertolacci gets back to last season form.. Bonaventura after an awful pre-season seems a completely new player better than last year.. hope berto follows suit

Pa ibra
Pa ibra
5 years ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

there wasn’t much link ups between the two in particular but the midfield was good defensively and attacking ok for most period of the game. wasn’t as spectacular as the previous match with kucka thou but I think monto & dejong are two important players who should both be starters at some point because always keeping one on the bench even when inform won’t really last.

Akinleye Akeem
Akinleye Akeem
5 years ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

yes they played together in the 4-3-1-2 formation but i must tell you its to me one of the those worse day of ac milan. dejong can not add any creativity to this team and he was played in the right hand midfield. so the team never attach with this line up. so i will want to see both as a holding mid-fielder with a very creative attacking mid-fielder then with very mobile flang attacking player then it will work our aside this bring in dejong only when we need to seal up our games. thanks

Blanx_milanfan
Blanx_milanfan
5 years ago

Di siglio is at fault for both goals.. The 1st he watched the player take the shot and just stood frozen…did not close him Down. For the 2nd he lost track of the man he was supposed to pick up in the box and stood there appealing for an offside….He is too inconsistent 3 goals now in the last two games he has been at fault for. Can’t see him starting when antonielli returns and abate is fit.

milano
milano
5 years ago

no way blame the coach for wrong change, calabria is tired before he change him and brought that retired led

Milanõ
Milanõ
5 years ago

Comment:Mihajlovic was awful for taking out calabria, it gave udinese the momentum to strike us. Mihajlovic 2/10 in this match

angry birds
angry birds
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanõ

No its not miha fault, did you really know what happened in field..!!!
Coach knew better than you!
1.Our mentality is weak when we lead goal, we thinks game is over so we make easy mark, we didn’t give pressure on second half…
2.our defense has problem, we conceded 8 goals now!! Just for 5 games!!

ACMilanSince 69
ACMilanSince 69
5 years ago
Reply to  angry birds

The 8 goals is 5 games worries me. You can’t do well with weak defenses.

herry
herry
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanõ

He took Calabria out because it seems like Calabria was gonna get the second yellow. for me it would’ve been better if he change Calabria with Alex and deploy MDS for RB role; let Romagnoli fill the left side, and put both of Zapata and Alex for centre half role. Zapata had not played RB role for ages, whilst romagnoli can play both centre half and LB also good with the ball.

Lumen
5 years ago

Mihajlovic said he substituted Calabria for Alex because Udinese had more taller players and with their frequent crosses and free kicks he brought Alex to help in aerial power.
Understandable.

chris
chris
5 years ago

How dare you try to blame one person for those silly goals we conceded. Didn’t you see the fact that virtually all the goals we have conceded this season have come from a delay in reading and closing down an opponents attack. we are simply not aggressive in defense and this is where an experienced defense leader (ferdinand, terry, maldini etc) is needed to direct the defending. its similar to barca’s easy rakitic goal in the absence of chielini. Removing calabria also meant that we were on the back foot suffering attacks rather than creating attacks which exposed our frailties.… Read more »

Jemz
Jemz
5 years ago
Reply to  chris

When the passer already pass the line of the last defender, it is not offside

Pa ibra
Pa ibra
5 years ago
Reply to  chris

their second goal wasn’t offside. the passer was further infront of the scorer and I this case doesn’t matter where your last defender is.

herry
herry
5 years ago
Reply to  chris

I think it was offside too. But what upset me is the centre half decided to chase the crosser which is far away from the goal rather than marking the Udinese players in the box. The defense always seems panic when they are forced to defend intense pressure from the flank, which led to all cheap-avoidable-goal the team has been suffering this season.
I agree for you pointed that Milan need a defence leader, and i think that Mexes can provide that in his best condition.

rossonerisiamonoi
rossonerisiamonoi
5 years ago

Very good first half, good job to everyone in attack. The second half was very shaky but we got 3 points and it’s all that matters for now. Vast improvements in our attack this season, just wondering how would our attack look with Menez Bacca and Balotelli , Adriano is a good substitute but nothing more(i think Robinho is his middle name) :))

Hasowayne
Hasowayne
5 years ago

Hey guys…How ya doing? Missed you all on this blog. Been very busy lately, missed two matches in a row, very unlike me.. Anyway, glad we got the three points, but something really needs to be done about that defense, hoping Mihaj figures something out soon. In the last two games, we’ve conceded 4 and scored 6, we have one of the best goal keepers in the league yet our defense can’t hold their own for 90 minutes. We need to have a consistent back four and that way, they’ll understand themselves better. And that Balo’s free kick??? Oh my…!… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  Hasowayne

Sup bro! I’ve been waiting to see you comment here, i havent been very active here either, just reading some comments of worth and laughing at the trolls.
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Hasowayne
Hasowayne
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Yeah bro, I’m not sure how in heavens name I’m just finding out that there are some trolls among us on this blog. :-/

Yeah sure I’ll be getting Fifa 16, though I’ve read some reviews online which gives me some concern based on the fact that those reviews are from long time fifa players and considering the fact that I’m not into fifa at all makes me feel it’s going to take sometime to get used to the game play. I’ll get mine as soon as it is available here.

Sup Philadon? PSN?

Hasowayne
Hasowayne
5 years ago
Reply to  Hasowayne

Forgot to add “Negative Reviews”

bonavenbacca
5 years ago

yes it was an offside and I think Calabria to start ahead of both mds and abate.

will
will
5 years ago

Bacca…. Balo.. menez… Bona monty. Dejong….. Anto. Roma.Zapata abate.. lopez. That’s ourlineu can’t we for honda to be on the bench seriously we r so slow in attack with him n he doesn’t even do anything done.