Udinese-Milan takes Italian spotlight


Udinese host AC Milan in Serie 'A' this coming weekend looking to capitalise on the Rossenari's poor run of form and crippling injury list.

Massimiliano Allegri's side are nursing a host of injuries going into the weekend clash, with the likes Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato expected to miss out, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's will serve the first of a three-match ban.

Coupled with a run of three games without a win, Udinese, unbeaten at home this term, will feel Milan can be got at in the matchup between two of the divisions the top four.

"We're not going through a good and lucky period at the moment," Allegri said.

"But we have to remain calm. We have to hope some of our injured players come back as soon as possible, also to give those who are playing all the time a bit of rest."

"These are the players that we have available to us at the moment, they're all doing good things, but we need to pay more attention to mistakes.

"We knew that Juventus would be dangerous on the counter-attack, just like Udinese will be, so we have to be more careful."

Juventus will be among those hoping for an upset, as they look to extend their unbeaten run, and lead at the top, when they visit Bologna, who have drawn their last four.

Of those hoping Juve can maintain their run is Martin Caceres, who marked his second debut for the Old Lady with a double to knock title rivals Milan out of the Coppa Italia in mid-week.

"I'm very happy for myself but also for the squad, which got an important victory," Caceres said.

"Juventus play well and Antonio Conte's type of football is perfect for me. We'll take it game by game and then if we manage to win something, that's even better."

Inter Milan's opportunity to bounce back from their defeat to Roma comes in the form of a visit from bottom side Novara, while Luis Enrique's side travel to relegation threatened Siena and Napoli host Chievo Verona as the race for Europe enters a crucial period.

Lecce's hopes of making a late-season survival bid may hinge on defeating fellow strugglers Atalanta.

Elsewhere, Parma host Fiorentina, Cagliari entertain Palermo and Catania face Genoa.

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