Serie A Betting: Milan To Win At Udinese - With Or Without Balotelli

Back AC Milan to come away from the Stadio Friuli with all three points, while Catania will struggle against Cagliari, writes Unibet columnist Paolo Bandini...

Udinese 3.10, the draw 3.20, Milan 2.45 - starts at 17.00 GMT on Saturday

Mario Balotelli may or may not have played table tennis this week (he angrily denied doing so despite posting a picture of himself holding two paddles right next to a table) but one way or another it does appear that he is close to making his return from the shoulder injury that has kept him out for the last fortnight. The Rossoneri are primarily concerned with having him fit for Tuesday’s trip to Madrid, but he may also play some part here.

Even without him, though, I would still back the Rossoneri to overcome an Udinese team that has been far from formidable at the Stadio Friuli this season, and which will be without its most reliable centre-back, Danilo, due to suspension. Away win.


Catania 2.25, the draw 3.20, Cagliari 3.40 - starts at 19.45 GMT on Saturday

Hovering just one spot above last place, Catania’s greatest weakness is not hard to discern. They have scored just 19 in 26 games so far this season – only four more than Juve’s Carlos Tevez has on his own. The returns of Pablo Barrientos and Gonzalo Bergessio – both of whom missed last week’s 2-0 defeat to Genoa – give manager Rolando Maran more options up front, but I might still be tempted to bet against Catania scoring at odds of 3.4.