NEWS
Tuesday September 22 2015
Line-ups: Udinese-Milan

Mario Balotelli passed his fitness test and starts with Carlos Bacca as Milan visit Udinese tonight.

It kicks off at the Stadio Friuli at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), follow the action as it happens on our LIVEBLOG.

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Sinisa Mihajlovic said he finally saw “my Milan” in recent outings against Inter and Palermo, even though they resulted in a 1-0 defeat and slender 3-2 victory respectively.

Riccardo Montolivo has made a big difference in midfield and is tonight joined by Nigel de Jong and Jack Bonaventura.

Keisuke Honda takes the trequartista role behind Bacca and Balotelli, the Liverpool loaner getting his first start since returning to Milan.

As Jeremy Menez, M’Baye Niang, Andrea Bertolacci, Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonelli, Philippe Mexes and Juraj Kucka are all out of action, 18-year-old right-back Davide Calabria gets the nod.

He was hugely impressive against Palermo when coming on as a substitute, so this is his first Serie A start.

Udinese are in crisis, as since the shock opening 1-0 victory away to reigning champions Juventus, it has all been downhill.

They’ve lost every game after that and worse still have suffered five consecutive Stadio Friuli defeats – their worst run since six losses in 1961.

Including last season, the Friulani have lost seven out of eight Serie A rounds, interrupted only by that win over Juve.

Panagiotis Kone sits out a ban following his red card against Empoli on Saturday, while Guilherme and Alexander Merkel are sidelined.

Antonio Di Natale leads the way with Cyril Thereau, while Silvan Widmer is only fit for the bench.

Milan do not have a strong record here, losing their last three visits on the bounce, as their most recent victory was 2-1 in February 2012.

Udinese: Karnezis; Wague, Domizzi, Piris; Edenilson, Badu, Iturra, Fernandes, Adnan; Thereau, Di Natale

Udinese bench: Meret, Romo, Camigliano, Felipe, Danilo, Heurtaux, Insua, Pasquale, Widmer, Marquinho, Aguirre, Duvan Zapata, Perica

Milan: Diego Lopez; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; De Jong, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Honda; Bacca, Balotelli

Milan bench: Abbiati, Donnarumma, Alex, Rodrigo Ely, Llamas, José Mauri, Locatelli, Nocerino, Poli, Suso, Cerci, Luiz Adriano