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Rupert Wyman 26th Jan 2010 - 21:22

Can AC Milan bounce back against Udinese?

AC Milan and Udinese will both be looking to get their season back on track with a win in the Coppa Italia.

The Rossoneri will be looking to avenge their derby day defeat to Inter by returning to winning form against Udinese.

At the weekend Inter overcame two sendings off to beat AC 2-0. Mourinho later told Sky television "We showed everything. The only way we would have lost is if we'd gone down to six, with seven we'd have won the same".

The defeat ended a three-match winning streak and was a massive blow to AC Milan's title ambitions, now they find themselves nine points behind Inter.

One player among the majority of AC Milan players that had failed to impress was Beckham and it's essential for Becks that he's playing good football to improve his hopes of making the World Cup squad.

He is four games into his loan spell from LA Galaxy and the intention is for him to show Capello, and the England World Cup squad, what they would be missing.

Milan have not won the Italian Cup since the 2002-03 season, though they should really fancy their chances against an Udinese side that have not won away from home this season, with their last victory anywhere coming on November 28th.

Udinese will be looking for inspiration from their playmaker Gaetano D'Agostino. The Italian International, best known for his incisive passing and goals from midfield, is the man most likely to provide the inspiration, if anybody does.

Milan will be hoping Alessandro Nesta can provide them with a boost by coming back fully fit and being able to take some part in the match.

With Udinese sitting a point above the relegation zone, the Coppa Italia will not be there priority at the moment.

I see the value bet being in the Match Handicaps Market, I would take on AC Milan -1 goal at home to see off Udinese at 29/20. Milan will also have a point to prove and should score a few goals against a poor Udinese side that is overly reliant on D'Agostino.

The Bianconeri will have an eye on their relegation six pointer against lowly Catania on Sunday and may see the match as an inconvenience.

One market of interest for those looking for a Beckham sympathy bet would be for Becks to score at 11/8 any time.

Do Beckham and his team mates have the 'Bouncebackability' factor or will Mourinho have the last laugh?




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