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AC Milan vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview

 

AC Milan vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview


All eyes will be on Stadio San Siro when Milan and Napoli face each other in the Serie A derby. 

The Rossoneri aim to build on a 2-0 win over Verona, and seeing that they are six points behind league leaders Inter in the standings, this has to go down as yet another must-win game for Stefano Pioli’s troops. 

All Mandzukic, Ibrahimovic, Bennacer, and Calhanoglu are all sidelined through injuries, while Croatia international Ante Rebic is a major doubt. Rafael Leao should continue to lead the line for the hosts.

The Neapolitans, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-1 win over Bologna to keep their Champions League hopes alive. 

Genaro Gattuso’s men, though, collected only one point in total from the previous four away games, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the title-chasing hosts. 

Ghoulam, Lozano, and Petagna are all injured, while Bakayoko is rated doubtful for the game.

AC Milan vs Napoli Head-to-head

Teams AC Milan Napoli played so far 30 matches.
AC Milan won 8 direct matches. Napoli won 10 matches. 12 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.73 goals per Match.

AC Milan vs Napoli Prediction

AC Milan in actual season average scored 2.07 goals per match. In 22 (95.65%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 17 (73.91%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Napoli average scored 2.00 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (82.35%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (58.82%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Though flying full-back Theo Hernandez is expected to return, having overcome bruising which caused him to miss the trip to Manchester and a subsequent stomach bug, Milan still have several other concerns.

While Ante Rebic (hip) may be fit in time for Sunday's evening kickoff, Mario Mandzukic and Ismael Bennacer are unlikely to feature yet. Playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu and top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic are not expected to return from thigh strains until next week.

As Davide Calabria sustained a groin injury in the Europa League, Hernandez's stand-in Diogo Dalot - a scorer last weekend - could switch to the right side of Stefano Pioli's back four. Midfield general Franck Kessie should be joined by Sandro Tonali in the centre, with Soualiho Meite potentially dropping to the bench.

Rade Krunic is favoured to start in support of lone front man Rafael Leao, deputising for Calhanoglu and Ibrahimovic respectively.

Napoli's previously injury-ravaged forward line is getting closer to full strength, as both Andrea Petagna and Hirving Lozano are back in full training after thigh problems - with a place in the squad a distinct possibility for the Mexican speedster.

However, full-back Faouzi Ghoulam - recently returned to favour - tore the ACL in his left knee against Bologna and is out for the rest of the season at a minimum.

One of either Mario Rui or Elseid Hysaj will step into Ghoulam's vacated left-back berth, while Victor Osimhen will compete with Dries Mertens for the centre-forward's role.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hernandez, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Dalot; Kessie, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Krunic, Castillejo; Leao

Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Bakayoko, Ruiz; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens
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