Napoli vs AC Milan Match Analysis & Prediction
02/04/2023 9:45 pm
Foreshadowing the clubs’ contest on Europe’s grandset stage, runaway Serie A leaders Napoli and reigning champions AC Milan convene at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday.
Soon set to battle it out for a spot in the Champions League semi-finals, two giants of Calcio meet in Campania, with the hosts edging ever closer to prising the Scudetto out of Milan’s hands.
For only the second time in their top-flight history, Napoli will face Milan with more than a 15-point advantage over their second-city rivals, as a changing of the guard from one Italian champions to another takes place on Sunday.
Surely set to end a 33-year Scudetto wait well before the action concludes in June, Napoli will kick off some 23 points clear of their visitors in the standings, following a miserable run for Milan and their own continues excellence at home and abroad.
Before the international break, Napoli beat Torino 4-0, having bounced back from defeat to Lazio at the start of March by defeating Atalanta 2-0 and Champions League opponents Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in Naples.
After getting the better of Frankfurt, Luciano Spalletti’s side are strong contenders for glory in the Champions League, but first they must find a way past Milan in the quarter-finals later this month.
The teams will therefore meet four times this season, with Napoli having already won 2-1 at San Siro in September, and Sunday’s second clash will see the hosts aim to maintain a 19-point lead at the top of the table.
Milan may have won on both of their last two visits to Naples, but aside from sneaking past an ailing Tottenham team in Europe, it has been a terrible 2023 so far for Italy’s outgoing champions.
Across the last nine rounds of Serie A, only Lecce have suffered more defeats than Milan’s total of five, while only bottom-placed Cremonese have conceded more goals.
Following a 3-1 defeat at Udinese just before the break, the Rossoneri have now leaked the most headed goals in Serie A, while only four teams have shipped more in that manner throughout Europe’s top five leagues.
Napoli vs. AC Milan Head to head
In the 46 previous meetings between these two teams, Napoli have claimed 15 victories while Milan have won 14, and they have drawn in 17. Milan have scored 57 goals and conceded 56 in the process.
22/11/2020Napoli1AC Milan3Serie A
14/03/2021AC Milan0Napoli1Serie A
19/12/2021AC Milan0Napoli1Serie A
06/03/2022Napoli0AC Milan1Serie A
18/09/2022AC Milan1Napoli2Serie A
Napoli Team News
After sustaining an adductor injury while representing Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Napoli’s star striker Victor Osimhen has been ruled out for at least a fortnight.
He should be replaced by Giovanni Simeone, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia starting on the left flank and either Hirving Lozano or Matteo Politano on the right.
Napoli's Last 5 Matches
15/03/2023Napoli3Eintracht Frankfurt0Champions League
AC Milan Team News
Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had only just returned from a long layoff, picked up a thigh injury on international duty.
Fellow veteran Olivier Giroud will lead the line at Stadio Maradona, having scored in both of his last two league games against Napoli.
AC Milan's Last 5 Matches
26/02/2023AC Milan2Atalanta0Serie A
04/03/2023Fiorentina2AC Milan1Serie A
08/03/2023Tottenham Hotspur0AC Milan0Champions League
13/03/2023AC Milan1Salernitana1Serie A
18/03/2023Udinese3AC Milan1Serie A
Napoli vs. AC Milan: Odds and Predictions
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