Date: 4 November 2018
Time: 8:30 PM CET, 2:30 PM EST, 7:30 UTC
Venue: Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy
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The biggest talking point before the match against Udinese has been the inclusion of Riccardo Montolivo in the squad list for the first time this season. It had been rumored that Montolivo and Gennaro Gattuso had not been seeing eye-to-eye, but it appears that an ever-increasing injury list has forced the manager’s hand. Of course, just because someone makes the squad list doesn’t mean that the player will make the pitch, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
Probable lineups for Udinese-Milan [Gazzetta dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/RgtriN5lKs— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) November 2, 2018
It appeared that Milan played in some version of a 3-5-2 to start the game against Genoa, but with the team looking rather disjointed until switching back to a 4-4-2, it would not be surprising to see the team lineup in a 4-4-2 formation, despite the predictions of a 3-5-2. Andrea Conti might be involved after playing for the Milan Primavera side the other night, but he’s still coming back from a bad injury which has kept him out for over 400 days, so it’s doubtful that he will appear. Ignazio Abate could also get the start in place of Hakan Calhanoglu if Gattuso decides to go with a 4-4-2.
Udinese are struggling this season, as they are on 9 points after ten games, in 16th place, three points ahead of Empoli and the relegation spots. They would be thrilled with a draw in this match, so Milan will have to try and break Udinese down and get into scoring positions early in order keep their momentum going from the past two wins.
So, how would you like Milan to come out? Should Abate get into the starting XI and Milan play in a 4-4-2? Or should the team be a bit more creative and go with a 3-5-2? Let us know in the comments.