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The Rossoneri could possibly overtake arch-rivals Inter Milan in fourth-place if they manage to overcome Udinese at the San Siro.
AC Milan's impressive run of results could mean that if they rack up another three points against Udinese on Sunday, it could possibly allow them to climb above Inter Milan and essentially move into the European qualification zone.
Having won six out of their last seven league games at the San Siro, the Rossoneri will surely rate their chances of overcoming a Udinese…
Juventus have dropped five points since the start of the new year and their eight point lead at the top of the table has been cut down to just three points.
Come Saturday we will see the clash of Bianconeri's with Udinese traveling to Turin to face Juventus at home.
Antonio Conte will be missing as many as six players for the home game against Udinese. Claudio Marchisio is a week away from returning to action whilst Asamoah is on international duty. Andre Pirlo is doubtful to play this game. Simone Pepe, Giorgio Chiellini and Nicklas Bendtner are still on the treatment table.
Until recently, Inter Milan were notching win after win in the Serie A after a slow start to their season, but their attempt to stay on Juventus trail were sidetracked due to poor showing before the winter break.
Inter are nine points behind league leaders Juventus and now find themselves four points adrift of second place Lazio after a controversial home win against Cagliari. They travel to face Udinese in the league and Inter needs a good start to the second half of the league if they wish to play in the Champions League next season.
In order to reach the knockout stage of the Europa League the Reds will need to pick up maximum points when they travel to Italy to take on already-eliminated Udinese.
Liverpool face an extremely stiff Europa League challenge, as they must overcome the Italians to progress to the next round of the competition.
Brendan Rodgers' side currently find themselves in second place of Group A with 7 points, three points behind group leaders Anzhi Makhachkala with 10. However, if the Reds fail to win in Udine and Young Boys manage…
The last time these two sides met in Serie A, Francesco Guidolin’s side lost the plot and Luis Enrique eventually left his job.
The match ended 3-1 in favour of AS Roma at the Stadio Olympico, and since then Roma changed managers and their style of play whilst Udinese are still playing under a 3-5-1 formation. After back-to-back wins in the league, AS Roma are looking for a third win when they face Udinese at home.
The visiting side will travel without the experienced duo Giovanni Pasquale and Giampiero Pinzi; both are ruled out of the fixture due to injury. They recently extended their contracts till 2016 after it was set to expire in 2012. Udinese will go into the match with seven players unavailable for selection.
The Reds will look to the inspiration of their star player against what are expected to be complicated Italian rivals.
Liverpool will be looking for their second consecutive victory in the Europa League when they take on Udinese in what promises to be an entertaining match at Anfield.
The Reds come into the clash in confident mood after having hit five goals past Norwich City in their latest Premier League fixture at Carrow Road on the weekend.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez was the star of the show, as for the second season running he converted a superb hat-trick against the club.
Suarez is also expected to play a key role for Liverpool on Thursday, because Brendan Rodgers' side confront a Udinese side who are extremely solid as a defensive unit.
While champions Juventus will be looking to end the season unbeaten, only one of four clubs will be able to join them and Milan in next season's competition.
May 13, 2012: AC Milan vs Novara
The Rossoneri come into their final game of the season knowing that they came so close to the title, but ended up losing it to what proved to be worthy winners. Having suffered a devastating defeat to arch-rivals Inter Milan last weekend, Massimiliano Allegri's side will…
AC Milan will have another opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Juventus when they travel to the Stadio Friuli to do battle with Udinese on Saturday.
Once again AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has a selection nightmare, as not only will he be unable to count with the injured quartet of Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alberto Aquilani, but also without the suspended pair of Mark van Bommel and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker received his marching orders…
Alessandro Matri scores a superb brace against Udinese to help a triumphant Juventus extend their Serie A lead to four points.
Two goals from striker Alessandro Matri were the difference as Juventus withstood the falling snow to edge Udinese 2-1 to move four points clear at the top of the Serie A standings on Saturday.
La Vecchia Signora pushed to the attack immediately from the kick-off and the South American connection of Arturo Vidal and Marcio Estigarribia combined for what almost was their opening goal. Vidal sent Estigarribia through on goal with a penetrating pass, but the Paraguayan international had his fierce shot saved by the foot of Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
Moments later Udinese came close to opening the scoring, when a powerful drive from Almen Abdi was only just tipped over the bar by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus will be hoping to continue with their winning ways when they invite direct rivals Udinese to the Juventus Stadium in what has the potential to be an explosive encounter on Saturday.
Fresh from a 3-0 thrashing of Roma in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday, the Old Lady know that if they manage to claim maximum points against Udinese they would move six points clear of the visitors, and consolidate their position at the top of the Serie A standings.
Just over a month ago, on December 21 to be precise, the two sides fought out a goalless draw in a round 1 catch up game, further highlighting the fact that we can expect a very evenly balanced encounter at the Juventus stadium on Saturday.
However, Juventus come into the clash as the odds on favourites, not only because of their home-field advantage, but because they continue to remain unbeaten this season, with six wins and three draws from nine home matches.
The draw for the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League season has been made and titleholders Porto won’t be able to defend their title as they’ll participate in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League.
In arguably the most interesting group, Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur will have to affront Russian giants Rubin Kazan. Group I could however compete against Group A as the most exciting.
2010 champions Atletico Madrid have been drawn alongside 2011/12 UEFA Champions League playoffs losers Udinese. Meanwhile, 2011 runners-up Sporting Braga fell in Group H with English side Birmingham City.
For Fulham, Dutch contenders FC Twente might also present a tough challenge in Group K. The 12 UEFA Europa League groups have been ranged as follows:
Setanta Sports will offer viewers the chance to watch 3 out of the 4 UEFA Champions League playoffs (League Route) matches live.
On August 23, Bayern Munich will lock horns with FC Zurich in Switzerland. The Germans are in a comfortable position thanks to their 2-0 defeat of Zurich at the Allianz Arena last week. Zurich vs Bayern Munich will be live on Setanta Sports at 2:40pm EST and at 11:40am PST.
A day later, Setanta Sports will broadcast Olympique Lyonnais’ game away to Rubin Kazan and Arsenal’s encounter away to Udinese as they happen. Kick-off time for Rubin Kazan vs Olympique Lyonnais is at 11:55am EST and 8:55am PST. Meanwhile, the Gunners’ match is set to start at 2:40pm EST and at 11:40am PST.
Theo Walcott scored an early goal to ensure a 1-0 win against the Serie A side.
Arsenal had their fair share of problems coming into this Champions League play-off match. Both Samir Nasri and newly appointed captain, Robin Van Persie were suspended following a dreadful evening in Barcelona last season. Cesc Fabregas had just departed for Spain.
Jack Wilshere was injured as well. The midfielder had been phenomenal for the English side last season and thus, was bound, to be sorely missed by the Gunners. Arsene Wenger was also serving a touch-line ban for his rant last season following the exit to Barcelona.
Six UEFA Champions League playoffs matches will hit your screens through Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports.
August 16 and August 17 will present a host of European games. It’s the UEFA Champions League play-off first leg day.
English side Arsenal will affront Italy’s ambitious Udinese at the Emirates on Tuesday whereas Portuguese giants Benfica will play away to Holland’s FC Twente.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s clash against Switzerland’s FC Zurich will be the highlight of Wednesday’s action. Thanks to Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports, football fans will be able to watch exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League playoffs.
It all begins tonight and ends in May 2012, when the winner of the competition will be crowned. August 16 and August 17’s schedule info:
Arsenal and Benfica were handed tough draws in Nyon, Switzerland.
20 teams learnt the name of their final obstacle on the journey to the UEFA Champions League group-stages. The Champions Route involved Polish side Wisla Krakow, Israeli Maccabi Haifa, APOEL, Genk, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Kobenhavn, Plzen, BATE Borisov, Malmo…
Barcelona’s team changes are still on course, and all seems to go well so far with the recent agreement they have reached with Udinese for their star Alexis Sanchez.
A stunning performance from the Chilean playmaker was more than enough to push Udinese in the Top Four of the Italian Serie A last season just ahead of fifth place Lazio - thanks to a greater goal difference. His contributions however did not go unnoticed by the world’s current most dangerous team.
A move from Sanchez to Barcelona soon became one of the main summer transfer topics. The 22-year-old forward was giving the green light to skip his country’s preparation period ahead of the on-going Copa America tournament due to promising negotiations between Udinese and the Catalans.
Delays nevertheless saw Sanchez compete in the continental competition with suspense at the back of his mind. But a deal finally took place on Wednesday afternoon, three days after Chile’s surprising disqualification from the contest.
Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo has claimed that City are in pole position to sign their Chile talisman this summer.
Manchester City have apparently made Alexis Sanchez as their top transfer target after reports emerged that they have already submitted a bid for the Udinese winger. And the Italians outfit's owner Gianpaolo Pozzo has now revealed that City is looking to be the likeliest destination for Sanchez.
"The right offer has not yet arrived. Alexis is a player everybody wants, but he is also a player with a specific price. It is not easy for anyone to buy him.
"And if he and his agent [Fernando Felicevich] are intelligent people, they will know that firstly we cannot give him away, and secondly if people are not prepared to give him the right consideration, it is better to stay in Udinese than to risk getting burned out or seeing his reputation suffer.
Udinese's 2-1 defeat of Napoli defied all expectations, and enhanced the reputation of Francesco Guidolin, a man who has not always gotten the recognition he deserves.
Sunday’s posticipo suggested that it wouldn’t be outrageous if Milan were to include Francesco Guidolin’s name in the list of people to thank for their increasingly imminent Scudetto. Sure, their own work in the 3-0 thrashing of Sampdoria heaped pressure on their closest rivals to maintain a viable distance, but it was Guidolin who allowed the Rossoneri to disappear around the bend—six points ahead of Napoli and eight of Inter, who lost 2-0 to Parma.
Unexpectedly, Udinese diligently unraveled Napoli’s season with a 2-1 win at the San Paolo. Unexpectedly, not because they haven’t shown that they have the quality to do so, but because they were missing their two forwards who have ripped through any defence this season: Antonio Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez.
Coach Leonardo has interestingly downplayed the importance of Saturday’s AC Milan vs Inter derby whereas everyone around him portrays it as the Scudetto’s decider. Live Soccer TV tackles this topic.
It is true that nothing is over until it is over and that points get counted at the end of the road in football. However, mathematical possibilities don’t always defeat realism. If Inter fall 5 points behind AC Milan on Saturday with a defeat, it won’t mathematically rule out Leonardo’s team as potential title winners since there will then be 7 more matches to go.
However, football fans will expect AC Milan to keep matters in their own hands at the disadvantage of the then-wounded Nerazzurri. So isn’t it normal to view this weekend’s derby as the ultimate title decider?
A 2-1 defeat to Udinese has left Juventus twelve points behind the summit and with a lot of unanswered questions.
When football players and managers utter platitudes in the press you have to wonder whether they actually hear what they're saying. The most trying are 'we respect them, but we do not fear them,' and 'each side has eleven players, and the ball is round.'
Of course not everyone can be as refreshingly candid as Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, but what most fans crave is a glimpse into exactly what's going on behind the scenes. What are the directors thinking? What are the players thinking? What is the manager really thinking?