Preview - AC Milan vs Napoli 15 April 2018

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Match Day 32
AC Milan vs Napoli
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro Stadium

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: L W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 1.16
Top Scorer: Patrick Cutrone (7)

Napoli:
Last five matches form: L D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.13
Average goals against per match: 0.68
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (17)

A big game for both sides at the San Siro this weekend as Napoli travel to take on AC Milan.

The home side currently occupy the sixth and final European spot, but have Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Atalanta queueing up in behind should they slip up.  They will do well not to drop any points here as they head into a clash with one of the most attacking sides in the division without their two first choice centre backs. Alessio Romagnoli misses out through injury, whilst Leonardo Bonucci is suspended.

Napoli meanwhile haven't given up hope of hauling in leaders Juventus just yet in the race for the Serie A title. Four points adrift with seven games remaining, they may need to go close to winning out if they are to capture the trophy. Napoli don't have quite the problems Milan do in defence but will be missing regular right back Mário Rui here.

Napoli haven't lost away from home all season, winning 12 and drawing three of their away trips to date. AC Milan are in decent form themselves though having lost only one of their last 13 Serie A outings.

This is a tough one to call and Milan aren't opposed lightly with Gennaro Gattuso seeming to already have instilled plenty of his spirit into the side. With those absences at the heart of their defence though, they may just come unstuck against this Napoli side.


Prediction: AC Milan 1 - 2 Napoli

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 14 - 15
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 11 - 8
Possession: 43% - 57%

Cristian Zapata and Hakan Calhanoglu were booked for the home side whilst Elseid Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli also made their way into referee Luca Banti's notebook.

AC Milan were quickest out of the blocks with Giacomo Bonaventura's long-range effort in the fourth minute forcing Pepe Reina into a smart save low down in the corner.

Then in the 11th minute the home side really should have been in front. Suso's excellent cross from the right finding the head of Nikola Kalinic, only for him to send his effort high and wide.

Napoli slowly began to come more into the game with Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik proving influential and each having half chances.

Milan did have the ball in the net in the 38th minute but the effort was chalked off for a clear offside. 0-0 at the break.

The second period was a lot quieter than the first half with defences being on top and neither side really fashioning a clear goal scoring opportunity. Insigne probably coming closest for either side when forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma into a save from the tightest of angles. No breakthrough though and this one finished in a stalemate.

Results elsewhere could certainly have been worse for AC Milan. With both Fiorentina and Atalanta also being involved in goalless draws, they hang onto sixth place, remaining two points clear of Fiorentina.

Napoli's task of hauling in Juventus in the race for the Serie A title has become that bit more difficult this weekend. The Old Lady's 3-0 triumph over Sampdoria stretching their lead at the top of the table to six points with just six games remaining.

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