Published February 01, 2013
| Sports Network
Milan, Italy – 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.