Preview - AC Milan vs Napoli 27 January 19

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Match Day 19
AC Milan vs. Napoli
Sunday, January 27th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: D L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Suso (5)

Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals against per match: 1.95
Average goals against per match: 0.90
Top Scorer: Arkadiusz Milik (11)

No doubt about the big one in Serie A this weekend. It comes at the San Siro as fourth placed AC Milan play host to second placed Napoli. Napoli look to have second place sewn up but need to keep winning if they are to have any chance at all of putting in a challenge for the title. AC Milan meanwhile have sides queueing up behind them in the race for the top four so also need to keep their points tally ticking over.

The sides played out a thriller in Naples earlier in the season, with Napoli ultimately coming out on top 3-2. The game here last season was the polar opposite of that, ending up 0-0.

Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mattia Caldera and Cristián Zapata all miss out for the home side. Allan and Vlad Chiriches are the Napoli absentees.

AC Milan have lost two of their opening ten fixtures here at the San Siro, going down to Juventus and Fiorentina. They have in general been in good goalscoring form at home, scoring two or more in seven of their ten games in front of their own fans.

Napoli have won six of nine away from home, with there three defeats coming against Sampdoria, Inter Milan and Juventus. They have scored two or more in five of those nine games.

Napoli tasted defeat here against Inter earlier in the season and this likely wont be easy once again. They are playing the better football of the sides at present though and can take a point.

Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 2 Napoli


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  11 - 13
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 8
Possession: 46% - 54%

Patrick Cutrone was the only AC Milan player to have his name taken by referee Daniele Doveri. Napoli had Raul Albiol booked, whilst Fabian Ruiz was given his marching orders for a second yellow in the third minute of stoppage time.

A pretty even encounter at the San Siro, with not much to split the sides in terms of possession and efforts on goal, and whilst Napoli probably did just about edge it on the day, neither side can really have too many complaints about coming away with only a point.

Both sides seemed intent on attacking from the off here. Napoli going close after only a few minutes when Jose Callejon got on the end of a cross from the left to fire in a first-time volleyed effort which forced Gianluigi Donnarumma to get down and make the save at his near post.

Patrick Cutrone came closest for the home side in the first half when played in in the left of the area following a nice passing move through midfield. The frontman could only fire his effort into the near side-netting however. 0-0 at the break.

Franck Kessie seemed sure to score for Milan at the start of the second half when well placed around six yards from goal. The slightest of deflections was however enough to send his effort over the bar. Arkadiusz Milik had Napoli's best chance but could only hit Donnarumma from around 14 yards.

The best of the remaining chances fell to Milan centre half Mateo Musacchio, whose acrobatic volleyed effort forced David Ospina into an excellent stop down low to his right. 0-0 final score.

With Juventus coming from behind to beat Lazio this weekend, Napoli have lost still further ground in what has surely now become a one-horse race for the title. Now eleven points adrift, their cause is all but lost, but eight points clear of third placed Inter, they do at least look to have a Champion's League position locked up for another season. With Roma only managing a draw at Atalanta, AC Milan hang on to fourth spot at the end of Match Day 21.

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