AC Milan vs. SSC Napoli / Serie A – In the first out of two derbies that will take place on Sunday in the 32nd round of Italian Serie A 6th-placed Milan faces 2nd-positioned Napoli, which has big 25 points more at the moment. Besides, the Neapolitans are still in the race for the Scudetto as they lag four just four points behind leading Juventus, while on the other hand Milan has just two points more than 7th-placed Fiorentina. Let’s add that their head-to-head played in Naples last autumn had ended as victory of the home team of 2-1. Begins: 15.04.2018 – 15:00 CET
Since it was for the Rossoneri the third consecutive defeat by Napoli it is quite logical why Milan fans are greatly worried ahead of the derby. On top of it, team led by manager Gattus has won just two points in last three rounds, both in home matches with Inter and Sassuolo, while before that it was defeated by Juventus away. We need to add here that Milan lost both round of 16 matches of the Europa League to Arsenal from London.
Of course weaker results worry all Milan fans especially as before them their team had in the Seire A nine-game unbeaten streak of eight wins and one draw, while in the Coppa Italia it reached the final after elimination of Lazio. Besides, Milan is again in situation to worry about reaching the Europe as 7th-placed Fiorentina has just two points fewer, while absence of three defenders creates additional problem for match with Napoli; Contie and Romagnoli who are injured and experienced Bonucci who is suspended.
Probable lineups AC Milan: G. Donnarumma – Calabria, Zapata, Musacchio, Rodriguez – Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura – Suso, A. Silva, Calhanoglu
We have said in the introduction about the guests from Naples that are still in the race for the Scudetto, given that six rounds before the end of season they have four points fewer than leading Juventus, but we also need to not forget that not so long ago Napoli occupied the leading position itself. However, in last five rounds it made even three mishaps; it firstly lost at home to Roma, than pulled just by one point from away matches with Inter and Sassuolo.
On the other hand, Napoli minimally won last two home matches against Genoa and Chieveo, which tells us that now against Milan the Neapolitans could have a fair deal of problems, especially if their defence doesn’t get fully focused, where both left back are out of action, Ghoulam due to injury and Mario Rui due to suspension. At the same time, Napoli’s attack should use absence of Milan’s standard stopper duo and consequently manager Sarri has announced a bit more offensive approach than usually.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Reina – Magio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Hysaj – Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
AC Milan – SSC Napoli PICK
Regardless that Milan has just two points more than 7th-placed Fiorentina, Napoli hasn’t given up battle for Scudetto and due to that we give advantage here to the visiting team, especially as the Rossoneri cannot count on two standard stoppers.
Pick: Napoli wins
Odds: 1.87 at 10bet (down to 1.80 be played)