Second meets fourth in Serie A as Milan host Napoli in a contest that has all the makings of a classic. The Rossoneri are back in the final Champions League berth after their comfortable victory on Monday afternoon away at Genoa, courtesy of goals from Fabio Borini and Suso.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 26 January, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Napoli: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Gennaro Gattuso’s side raced in to a two-goal lead after strikes from Jack Bonaventura and Davide Calabria, before a second-half onslaught from Napoli turned the game in favour of the hosts. Piotr Zielinski bagged a double and Dries Mertens settled the proceedings with ten minutes remaining.
|Milan to win 2-0||16/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
|Napoli to win 3-1||14/1||Offer|
Milan vs. Napoli Predictions and Preview
Home side Milan got back to winning ways after the disappointment of their Supercoppa loss at the hands of champions Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo got the only goal of the showpiece event but the Rossoneri certainly played their part and were extremely unfortunate not to be awarded a late penalty.
Nevertheless, Gattuso will be happy with the reaction of his players at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, particularly with a depleted matchday squad that missed skipper Alessio Romagnoli, Lucas Biglia, Bonaventura and wantaway forward Gonzalo Higuain.
The Bianconeri owned striker has made clear his desire to move to Premier League outfit Chelsea and the move is rumoured to be close to completion. Youngster Patrick Cutrone has deputised in the Argentine’s absence and has linked up well with playmaker Suso. With Krzysztof Piątek soon to be arriving, Cutrone is still expected to start in this blockbuster tie and can be found at 15/2 to hit the opening goal. Milan are 5/2 to clinch all three points and 12/5 to earn a share of the spoils.
Napoli boss and returning Rossoneri legend Carlo Ancelotti will hope for more of the same after his team’s 2-1 triumph against Lazio. The result was mightily impressive given the absence of a string of first teamers and the ex-Real Madrid tactician’s rotation policy is working wonders for the whole squad. Arek Milik is a striker reborn under Ancelotti and the burly Pole is 4/1 to strike first and add to his tally of 11 for the campaign. Napoli are 21/20 to claim the spoils.
One to watch for Milan: Lucas Paquetá has displayed flashes of his obvious quality during his first two appearances for the club and it will be fascinating to see how the Brazilian fares against one of the division’s best sides. The 21-year-old is 17/5 to score anytime.
One to watch for Napoli: Fabián Ruiz is one of the first names on the Azzurri teamsheet and his influence is growing with every fixture. The Spaniard is 11/4 in the same anytime market.
Long shot: Napoli’s haul of 39 is only bettered by title holders Juventus and the Azzurri are expected to trouble the Rossoneri rearguard. Equally, Milan pose a real threat of their own going forward, and a 2-2 outcome at 14/1 should be considered an attractive option.