Serie A: AC Milan vs Napoli preview


Fifth-placed AC Milan play host to third-placed Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on Saturday in one of the most interesting matches of the Serie A weekend. The reverse fixture was a spectacular encounter, which Napoli won 4-2 with doubles from Callejon and Arkadiusz Milik. Napoli have won four of the last six direct meetings, while AC Milan have not beaten their rivals since 2014.

AC Milan have won just one of their last four league matches, a run that started with the 1-0 defeat at AS Roma in December. Last time out they secured a 2-2 draw at Torino on Monday, a good result considering that they were 2-0 down at the break with the home side missing a penalty before half time. Manuel Locatelli and Alessio Romagnoli are suspended and that causes some problems for head coach Vincenzo Montella both in defence and in midfield.

Napoli are unbeaten in their last thirteen matches in all competitions, they have not lost a game since the defeat against Serie A leaders Juventus at the end of October. They have won seven of their last eight competitive matches, including last week's 3-1 victory over Pescara. Arkadiusz Milik is still injured, while Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam and Omar El Kaddouri are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Probable line-ups:

AC Milan: Donnarumma - Abate, Gomez, Paletta, Calabria - Pasalic, Bertolacci, Kucka - Suso, Bacca, Bonaventura

Napoli: Reina - Hysaj, Tonelli, Albiol, Strinic - Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik - Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

My prediction: Napoli to win 1-0.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Milan win - 4.00
Draw - 3.30
Napoli win - 2.00

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    20/1/17

    Should be an entertaining game...or at least I hope so.
    Milan is so unpredicted team that any prediction for this one could ended be a ridiculous one but I have some feeling that Milan would not going to loose the game. Of course can't be sure but have that feeling,but can't say if would be a home win or a draw.

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