Preview - Napoli vs AC Milan 26 August 18

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Match Day 2
Napoli vs Milan
Sunday, August 26th, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches form: L D W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.03
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Dries Mertens (18)

Last five matches form: L W W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.11
Top Scorer 17/18: Patrick Cutrone (10)

Napoli continue the post Maurizio Sarri era this weekend as they play host to Milan at the Stadio San Paolo.

Anyone worried as to how Napoli would fair this season, having lost both Sarri and Jorginho over the summer, will no doubt have had their fears eased somewhat as new boss Carlo Ancelotti guided them to a win away at Lazio on the opening weekend of the season.

Milan didn't have a match last weekend as their game with Genoa was postponed and so will be making their first start of the season here. Sixth was a disappointing finish last season and they will be keen for an improved showing this year. They certainly look to have made improvements in terms of personnel. Gonzalo Higuain, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Mattia Caldara are all expected to make their debuts here.

Napoli are unbeaten in six against AC Milan, including a 2-1 victory in this game last season.

In being at home, and having already played a competitive match this season, Napoli look to have a couple of factors in their favour. Despite the improvements made by Milan, the home side also still appear to have the stronger squad on paper overall.

The style may be different under Ancelotti this season, but Napoli's new boss is a perennial winner and we see this ending in a home win.

Prediction: Napoli 2 - 1 Milan


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  16 - 7
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 53% - 47%

Lorenzo Insigne and Kalidou Koulibaly were booked for the home side with Suso and Ricardo Rodriguez of Milan also making their way into referee Paolo Valeri's notebook.

The style may be different under Ancelotti, but one thing that remains with this Napoli side is their character. Having come from behind to beat Lazio on the opening weekend, they pulled off an even greater comeback here in front of their own fans.

Milan took the lead after 15 minutes. Fabio Borini heading a cross back into the path of Giacomo Bonaventura arriving on the edge of the area to the left hand side. Fabulous volleyed finish from Bonaventura, striking across the ball and finding the right hand corner.

 After 49 minutes Milan doubled their advantage. Suso this time playing the ball into the path of Davide Calabria in the right hand side of the box around ten yards from goal. Calabria striking low and accurately into the bottom left corner.

And then the comeback began.

In the 53rd minute Jose Callejon played the ball to Piotr Zielinski on the edge of the 18 yard box. Zielinski allowing the ball to travel across his body before finding the bottom right corner with his left foot.

The equaliser came in the 67th minute and it was again Zielinski who grabbed the goal. This time when a corner was headed out to the edge of the area, the Polish international was waiting to volley first time into the bottom right once again. The keeper getting a hand to it but unable to keep it out.

Last season's top scorer Dries Mertens was once again started on the bench here, but it was he who grabbed the winner in the 80th minute. Allan taking out the Milan defence and keeper with a low cross from the right allowing Mertens to tap in. Comeback complete.

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