Balotelli set for Milan debut

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Updated: February 2, 2013

AC Milan enters its match with mid-table
Udinese on Sunday in fifth place, but all eyes will be on the club’s newest
addition, striker Mario Balotelli.

The volatile former Inter Milan and Manchester City man is expected to make
his debut on Sunday alongside Milan’s leading scorer, Stephan El Shaarawy, who
has tallied 15 Serie A goals so far this term.

Balotelli’s arrival is expected to boost a Milan side that sits six points
adrift of the third and final Champions League spot, and the Rossoneri hopes
to continue a good run of form against Udinese at the San Siro.

After a poor start to the campaign, Milan has managed to claw its way back
into contention for a place in the top three having earned 10 of a possible 12
points from its most recent four contests.

Udinese is also in a good spell at the moment having won three of its last
four games to move into ninth place.

Juventus saw its lead at the top of Serie A reduced to three points last
weekend after the club was held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa, and the Old Lady will
attempt to reverse its fortunes by claiming its second win in five games when
the team invades Chievo.

The Flying Donkeys helped out Juve with a 1-0 win at third-place Lazio last
time out, and they will be gunning for another big win on Sunday against a
Juve side that will be missing a few key pieces.

Manager Antonio Conte will be absent from the touchline after receiving a ban
that stemmed from the draw with Genoa, while striker Mirko Vucinic and
defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are also banned for their
part in criticizing the match official following the match.

On Saturday, Napoli will attempt to pull level with Juve for at least a day
with a win at home against Catania, while the other match sees Torino tangle
with Sampdoria as the two sides are separated by three points in the middle of
the table.

Inter Milan resumes its pursuit of a top-three spot on Sunday at last-place
Siena, Fiorentina hopes to end its slide of one point from four matches when
the club hosts Parma, Lazio visits Genoa, second-from-the-bottom Palermo
squares off with Atalanta and Bologna meets Pescara in a battle of bottom-half
teams.

The weekend’s action began on Friday with Cagliari securing a 4-2 away win at
Roma with three second-half goals following a 1-1 halftime deadlock.