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Resurgent Milan set to register another success at Udinese

Patrick Cutrone has played a big part in Milan's revival
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The new year has brought a change of fortunes for Milan, who can register their fourth successive league victory at the expense of mid-table Udinese.

By the end of 2017 Milan were in the bottom half and closer to the relegation places (ten points clear) than the top three (16 points adrift).

However, their recent revival has lifted the gloom and they are in contention to reach a cup final after drawing 0-0 at home to Lazio in Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.

The second leg does not take place until February 28, so the priority over the next few weeks is to continue their push up the table.

And they have a great chance of banking another three points against Udinese, who have lost five of their 11 home league games this season.

Udinese have also been on a decent run and cemented tenth place by battling to a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Genoa last Sunday.

But the win came at a cost with Brazilian defender Samir picking up a red card in the 65th minute.

Samir is suspended for the visit of Milan and there are doubts over the fitness of key Czech international attacking midfielder Antonin Barak, who missed out with an injury last weekend.

Udinese missed Barak against Genoa and were fortunate to get the win after losing the shot count 19 to six.

They put in a poor performance in their last home fixture, drawing 1-1 at home to relegation-threatened Spal, and may struggle to cope with Milan, who have better quality players and seem to have turned the corner. 

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Udinese have lost five of their 11 home league games this season
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