19:45 GMT 21 January 2017
The AC Milan vs. Napoli match will be played on Saturday, January 21, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – commonly known as the San Siro – in Milan. This is matchday 21 in the 2016/17 Serie A season.
Milan currently sit in 5th place in the table, four points behind 3rd place Napoli who has 41 points.
Milan have drawn HT/won FT in 5 of their last 7 home Serie A games.
Milan are unbeaten in their last 8 home games.
Napoli have lost 1 of their last 12 Serie A games (W8, D3).
There have been +2.5 goals in 9 of Napoli’s last 11 fixtures.
Napoli have scored 3 or more in 6 of their last 8 matches.
The two sides met in Naples in August 2016 when Napoli won 4 – 2. Juraj Kucka was sent off for Milan while Milik and Callejón both scored twice for Napoli.
Napoli has lost 1 of the last 11 Serie A meetings between the two sides (W6, L4). They have won 2 and drawn 2 of the last 5 in the San Siro.
Head to head matches: AC Milan - SSC Napoli
|27.08.2016||Seri||SSC Napoli||AC Milan||4:2|
|22.02.2016||Seri||SSC Napoli||AC Milan||1:1|
|04.10.2015||Seri||AC Milan||SSC Napoli||0:4|
Latest matches: AC Milan
|16.01.2017||Seri||Turin FC||AC Milan||2:2||D|
|12.01.2017||Copp||AC Milan||Turin FC||2:1||W|
|08.01.2017||Seri||AC Milan||Cagliari Calcio||1:0||W|
|23.12.2016||Supe||Juventus Turin||AC Milan||4:5||W|
|17.12.2016||Seri||AC Milan||Atalanta Bergamasca||0:0||D|
Latest matches: SSC Napoli
|15.01.2017||Seri||SSC Napoli||Pescara Calcio||3:1||W|
|10.01.2017||Copp||SSC Napoli||Spezia Calcio||3:1||W|
|07.01.2017||Seri||SSC Napoli||Sampdoria Genoa||2:1||W|
|22.12.2016||Seri||AC Fiorentina||SSC Napoli||3:3||D|
|18.12.2016||Seri||SSC Napoli||Turin FC||5:3||W|
Alessio Romagnoli is suspended after his red card during the 2 – 2 draw with Torino on Monday. He joins Manuel Locatelli on the sidelines leaving Vincenzo Montella with holes in the defence and midfield.
With Fernandes, Montolivo and Poli already out, the Milan manager has few options in the middle of the pitch with Kucka and Palasic likely to figure along with Bertolacci.
Carlos Bacca has scored 2 goals in the last 2 games following a run of 8 games without a goal. Milan would be formidable if Montella could get Bacca scoring at the same time as Suso, who after 4 goals in 3 games, hasn’t scored in 6.
They must win this game if they are to have any chance of overhauling Napoli in third. With Juventus next, it’s a tough fortnight for the Rossoneri. Any more than three points from those two fixtures, will signal a major resurgence by the former European champions.
With 3 goals in his last 3 games, it’s surprising that Napoli are reported to have accepted a €20m bid for Manolo Gabbiadini. It’s a sign of Maurizio Sam’s confidence in Dries Mertens and with 10 goals in his last 6 games, it’s hardly surprising that the Belgian has cemented himself as the club’s central striker.
Napoli are in fine attacking form, scoring 21 goals in their last 6 Serie A fixtures while conceding 8 in the same spell.
Sam only has Arkadiusz Milik injured but is missing the trio of Koulibaly, Ghoulam, and El Kaddouri, who are all at the Africa Cup of Nations.
It’s a fascinating match in prospect at the San Siro with Napoli the clear favourites. Given Milan’s injury list, Gli Azzurri ought to have too much firepower for their hosts.
But Vincenzo Montella has given his squad belief, an inner strength which is serving them well. Napoli would be foolish to ignore the recent results against Juventus and Torino which underline how hard the Rossoneri are to beat.
Don’t expect a goal rush but Napoli has history on their side and will be looking to Callejón, Insigne, Hamsek and the rejuvenated Piotr Zielinski to provide the chances for their in-form Belgian striker Mertens.
Milan must win this match to have a chance of Champions League football next season but it looks strongly like they will have to settle for the Europa League places instead.
21 January 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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