Game date: Wednesday 3 March
Kick-off time: 20:45 (CET)
Venue: San Siro
Referee: Davide Massa
After getting back to winning ways with their away win to Roma, Milan are back at the San Siro to play Udinese on Wednesday night. Their victory at Rome came at a cost with three more injuries. Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all came off with muscle problems. Rebic should return to face the Friulians but Calhanoglu will miss at least two games and Ibrahimovic four or more, including the first match against Manchester United. Mandzukic is out for another ten days and Bennacer will skip the match. Both Tomori and Calabria will start from the bench due to muscle fatigue, giving Romagnoli and Dalot the start.
Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Kalulu, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Castillejo, Brahim, Rebic; Leao
Udinese are currently in 12th, a huge improvement from last year’s relegation battle, and have only lost one of their last seven games. They will be without former Milan player Gerard Deulofeu, as well as Forestieri, Jajalo and Pussetto. They welcome back Roberto Pereyra from suspension and are expected to stick to their usual 3-5-2 formation.
Probable Udinese XI (3-5-2): Musso; Nuytinck, Bonifazi, Becao; Zeegelaar, Arslan, Walace, De Paul, Stryger Larsen; Llorente, Pereyra.
The Rossoneri have lost only once against Udinese at San Siro since 2007 and that came back in the 2016-17 season when the visitors triumphed 1-0. In the reverse fixture, Milan won 2-1 in the final minutes thanks to a late overhead kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Rafael Leao will have the chance to impress and hopefully get his first goal since early January. Romagnoli has the chance to show Milan what they missed against Roma and solidify his place back into the starting eleven. Rodrigo De Paul remains Udinese’s main threat, having five goals and three assists so far this season. After a positive display against Roma, Milan should hope to come out of this game with three points. Udinese could provide real problems with their recent form, and with a tough match against Hellas Verona approaching on Sunday, Milan are going to need to get their play and confidence back to standard. Nevertheless, Pioli’s men should come away with the win.
Prediction: AC Milan 2-1 Udinese