It has been a weird season for draw specialists Udinese this season, with only two victories in 20 matches, but a league-high 12 draws means they come into the weekend’s game against AC Milan sitting just one point above the bottom three.
Gabriele Cioffi succeeded Andrea Sottil some time ago, and performances almost immediately got better; however, results remain uneven as they continue to struggle to see out victories. They do come into this one off the back of an entertaining 2-2 draw with high-flying Fiorentina. But they will be frustrated with themselves after failing to earn all three points despite leading twice in that game.
AC Milan, meanwhile, provided a perfect response to the Coppa Italia elimination, putting on a dominant performance in a 3-1 home win against AS Roma, which eventually led to Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. Stefano Pioli’s side desperately needed three points to maintain faint hopes of closing the gap to the top two, Inter Milan and Juventus.