Scudetto chasing Napoli seek a 25th Serie A win when they face Milan at San Siro on Sunday afternoon.
With just seven league matches remaining, Maurizio Sarri’s men sit four points adrift of Juventus and can ill afford any slip-ups before their defining trip to Turin later this month.
Where and when: San Siro – 15 April, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Napoli: BT Sport 3, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring when the sides met in November before teammate Piotr Zieliński doubled the Azzurri’s advantage after the break. Alessio Romagnoli got the scoresheet for the Diavolo in the closing stages but it wasn’t enough for the Milan giants.
Milan v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Despite a 10 game unbeaten spell, and only one defeat from their last 13, Milan’s ambitious run for a Champions League place next term is realistically over. The Rossoneri are sixth in the table and must now focus on cementing their Europa League participation for the 2018-19 campaign with a rejuvenated Fiorentina side in unstoppable form beneath them.
Nikola Kalinic is pushing for a starting role after his opener against Sassuolo in the recent 1-1 draw. The wantway striker has flattered to deceive since his loan move from the Viola and this campaign is likely to be his first and last with Milan.
Gennaro Gattuso will have to make do without first choice pairing Romagnoli and Leonardo Bonucci for this crucial encounter. Former Lazio defender Romagnoli picked up a thigh strain in the stalemate in Emilia-Romagna while Bonucci is suspended. The duo are expected to be replaced by Cristián Zapata and Mateo Musacchio and Napoli will certainly target the underwhelming South Americans. Milan are 7/2 to take the spoils while Kalinic is 11/4 to net anytime during the contest.
Meanwhile, visitors Napoli kept alive their title hopes with a last gap winner in the clash with struggling Chievo. The Partenopei’s challenge appeared over until Arkadiusz Milik netted and then Amadou Diawara scored with the final kick of the match to send the San Paolo crowd in to raptures.
Napoli should be largely unchanged for the contest and come in at 4/5 to secure a domestic double over Milan. Dries Mertens is the 4/1 favourite to open proceedings.
One to watch for Milan: Hakan Çalhanoğlu operates from the left flank but often cuts in on his favoured right foot to create regular goalscoring chances. The Turkey international is 10/1 to bag the game’s final effort.
One to watch for Napoli: Milik revived his side in the previous fixture and will almost certainly feature in the second half. The 24-year-old is 9/2 in the same last scorer market.
Long shot: Traditionally, this fixture has it all. There is a guaranteed supply of goals, controversy and indiscipline, and the next instalment promises to deliver. A captivating 3-3 final score is available at 100/1 and could spell the end of Napoli’s push for a first championship since 1990 as Max Allegri’s squad close in on a seventh consecutive triumph.