Napoli – AC Milan – Serie A – Prediction and Preview: 18th November 2017
Although he has not lost any matches in this championship and has only twisted twice, Napoli is not at all a quiet leader at all. With 32 points gathered in 12 rounds, the “azzurii” is just a point away from Juventus and two more long distances from Inter. Thus, even in a big day, Maurizio Sarri’s students even managed to make the first round on Chievo’s modest chips (0-0), after having dominated the game from one end to the other . On the other hand, Napoli is forced to impose itself in front of “rossoneri” on Saturday night, otherwise it risks losing not only the leader’s throne, but even falling to the third position in the hierarchy of Serie A.
The only thing we can expect from “rossoneri” is that they take advantage of this competitive break due to national team matches to adopt a better playing style. For now, however, Montella’s band continues to perform poorly. Moreover, a possible defeat on Saturday night, “San Paolo”, would seriously remove “devils” from the band platoon that targets Europe this season. With just 19 points gathered in 12 stages, AC Milan does not have much hope of repairing the amount of damage done so far, if things are going to go like this.
In the last ten direct confrontations between the two bands, Napoli was forced six times, AC Milan only once, while three other games ended in a tie;
The previous direct duel took place in January this year, when Napoletans forced “San Siro”, score 2-1;
The last three direct disputes ended with gaps on both sides;
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina- Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui- Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan- Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Absents: Milik, Ghoulam (injured)
AC Milan (3-4-2-1): Donnarumma- Zapata, Bonucci, Romagnoli- Borini, Biglia, Kessie, Rodriguez- Bonaventura, Suso- Kalinic
Absent: Count (injured)
Conclusions & tips
Given the circumstances of this game, we expect a spectacular hostile run. Even if Napoletans are forced to win to maintain the leadership throne, and the game of the guests does not impress, we must not underestimate the offensive potential of the Milanese, knowing that they will not endlessly miss the conveyor belt. So we anticipated a scenario with goals on both sides.