The new round of Serie A starts on Friday. Moreover, the first leg at the legendary San Siro will be played at home to Milan against Udinese. At first glance, everything seems clear in this encounter – the Red and Black need to win, while the Friuli are just waiting for the break. But how many times in football an unmotivated opponent, who is not under pressure from the result, managed to take points from the favourites – and what if it happens again now? The analysts on this website have created a free prediction for February 25, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds can be found at 1xbet application.
Milan are back to chasing an ambitious dream
The Rossoneri have rather unexpectedly appointed Stefano Pioli as coach – simply because someone had to replace the failing Giampaolo. But they were placed, if not in the top ten, then somewhere around it. Of course, with this mentor we managed to add some value. Yes, they failed to put up with the fight for the Scudetto last season – but how long before that the team were not even in the top four? Yes, their return to the Champions League was a failure – there’s no other way to describe finishing fourth in the group. But the opponents were strong and experienced: Porto, Liverpool, Atletico, so there was no shame in losing to them. And, most importantly, the Red-Blacks have managed to hold their own among the leaders in this Serie A. And in February, after waiting for Inter to drop and beat them in the derby, Milan even made it to 1st place… And should have left it after the loss to Salernitana, but the rivals have not played any better.
Udinese can’t just wait for summer for now
The Zebras are a team that can only nostalgically remember their successes when Di Natale was pounding goals on the pitch and Guidolin was on the coaching bridge. Now, last summer, the brightest star of recent years, De Paul, was sold to Atletico. The scouts did their best by finding the little-known Beto Betouncal in the Portuguese league and the lad from Guinea-Bissau immediately became the new team’s leading scorer. There are also other fairly star players – Deulofeu, Sammir, Roberto Pereira, former Arme player Rodrigo Bekao is actively involved in the game. But the results are modest, and the change of the mentor has had a very short-lived effect. Last weekend, however, Lazio were tripped up by a 1-1 draw.
Last calendar year, Milan never managed to beat Udinese. Both the March home and December fixtures in Friuli yielded 1-1 draws.
Milan understand that the fight for the Scudetto is not a giveaway game and must win. We bet on the Rossoneri to win with a -1 handicap (odds of 1.82).