AC Milan vs Napoli
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 21 January 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Siro (Milan).
AC Milan will hope to continue their push for a Champions League spot as they take on fellow top three contender Napoli at the Stadio San Siro on Saturday evening.
The Rossoneri have been having a more successful season than many had anticipated so far. This includes seeing off Juventus in the league earlier this term and beating them again in the Supercoppa Italiana in December to pick up their first piece of silverware since 2011. Vincenzo Montella’s side currently find themselves in a good position to also secure European football for the first time since the 2013/2014 term, as they presently sit in fifth spot, but with things pretty tight in the table, they are definitely aiming higher than the Europa League for the 2017/2018 season.
Milan come into this game having secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Torino. It marked the second time in just a few days that they had to face the Granata, and for Montella’s troops, marked the second time they had to come from behind. In the Coppa Italia, they went 1-0 down, but scored two goals to win 2-1. In Serie A, they went 2-0 down, but scored twice to earn a draw.
That surely will give them the confidence they need to face Napoli. The Partenopei are a side that have troubled Milan in the past. In fact, the Rossoneri have not beaten them across all competitions since December 2014. And earlier this season, they lost 4-2 at the Stadio San Paolo. Last time they met at the Stadio San Siro, they were humiliated 4-0.
However, a lot has changed. Milan are unbeaten in eight straight games at the San Siro, which includes six wins. That also includes victories against Juventus and Lazio and Napoli have won just three out of their last 11 against the top six sides in the league. In addition, although Napoli have won eight out of a possible 11 at home, they have not been as strong in their travels, where they have won four out of a possible nine.
Still, with that in mind, they are undefeated in their past five, and recently welcomed Arkadiusz Milik back from injury. Whilst he was absent, Dries Mertens went on a scoring rampage, showing that goals indeed for the Partenopei could come from everywhere – and so it’s not by chance that Napoli have among the highest-scoring attacks in the league right now.
AC Milan vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Milan have a record of W12-D4-L4 in their last 20 home games against teams in the top half of the table.
- Napoli have a record of W6-D4-L10 in their last 20 away games against teams in the top half of the table.
- Napoli have failed to score in three of their last six away games against AC Milan.
- The Partenopei are unbeaten in their last four Serie A clashes with AC Milan (W3 D1 L0) and have lost only one of the last 11 league matches with the Rossoneri (W6 D4 L1).
- Napoli have scored at least three goals in five out of their last six Serie A games
AC Milan vs Napoli: Prediction
Although Napoli have no problems scoring goals, this interestingly could be a closer game than many may expect. As noted before, the Partenopei are not as strong on the road as they are at home and they have not done as well against fellow top sides, making them sort of a flat-track bully.
Milan have already beaten Juventus and Lazio at the Stadio San Siro and having come from behind twice in one week, will be hoping to finally get the better of a team who have frustrated them over the past few years. The Rossoneri should be able to get at least a point from this one.
AC Milan vs Napoli: Betting tips
Both teams to score – YES at 8/13 (1.62)
Double chance – Milan to WIN or DRAW at 4/5 (1.80).