SSC Napoli – AC Milan
The upcoming 28th matchday of Serie A holds an explosive top match. Fourth-placed AC Milan take on league leaders SSC Napoli in the south of Italy on Sunday evening. After the international break, both teams are eager to win and will do their utmost to pick up important points.
At international level, things have gone very well for both teams this season. Napoli beat Frankfurt 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League. AC Milan, on the other hand, eliminated Tottenham in the round of 16. As luck would have it, both teams will meet in the quarter-finals.
In the league, however, things have been very different for both teams recently. Napoli continue to run circles around the top of the table and won 4-0 against FC Torino before the international break. AC Milan, on the other hand, have been winless in Serie A for three games and most recently lost 2-1 to Udinese Calcio. Find out who will come out on top on Sunday in our Napoli vs. Milan betting tips.
Napoli – Milan Info:
– Date & Time: 02.04.2023, 20:45 Uhr
– Venue: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples
– Competition: Serie A, Matchday 28
– TV broadcast: DAZN
Napoli Form & Balance Check
This season is going almost perfectly for SSC Napoli. Gli Azzurri have only conceded eight points in the league so far and lead the table with almost no competition. Their closest rivals, Lazio Roma, are already 19 points behind the Neapolitans. The first league title since 1990 is now only a formality for the SSC. Napoli won their last match before the international break 4-0 against FC Torino.
But coach Luciano Spalletti’s team is also doing extremely well in the Champions League. Gli Azzurri won their group ahead of Liverpool FC and eliminated Frankfurt Eintracht in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals of the top flight, they will now face their next opponents from Milan.
Fulminant duo on the offensive
Napoli’s offence has been utterly convincing this season. So far, Gli Azzurri have scored 64 goals in the league, making them by far the best attack in Serie A. Most of Napoli’s goals have either Nigerian or Georgian involvement.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is the Neapolitans’ top provider of assists. The new signing from Dinamo Batumi has contributed 12 assists in the league so far. The team’s top scorer is his congenial partner Victor Osimhen with 21 goals. The former VfL Wolfsburg player is also the Serie A’s top scorer with that tally.
Napoli facts & analysis
– Top of the Serie A table.
– Only two defeats in the league this season
– Best defence and offence in the league
Milan form & balance check
Lazio are playing a good season this year. The Rossoneri are currently fourth in the table, but are already 23 points behind the outstanding leaders from Napoli. This season, therefore, the team is not approaching the form of last season, when AC Milan won the championship. Before the international break, ACM lost 2-1 to Udinese.
However, coach Stefano Pioli’s team is in much better form in the top flight. After beating Zagreb and Salzburg in the group stage, the Rossoneri even eliminated Tottenham in the round of 16.
The AC Milan defence has not always looked solid this season. In pre-season, the Rossoneri conceded only 31 goals in the entire season. This season it is a completely different story. After 27 games, Milan have already conceded 36 goals.
German international Malick Thiaw, on the other hand, has been playing well lately. The newcomer from FC Schalke was only second choice for a long time, but has been playing himself more and more into the spotlight lately. The 21-year-old is now a mainstay in Milan’s three-man defence.
Milan facts & analysis
– Currently 4th in the league.
– Fourth best offense in the league
– Without a win for three games in Serie A
Predicted lineup – last update on April 1, 2023
SSC Napoli will again go into the match in their usual 4-3-3. Once again, the offensive trio of Lozano, Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia will be in focus. The league leaders will probably only have to do without the injured Bartosz Bereszynski at the weekend.
AC Milan, on the other hand, will play with a three-man defence. Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović, however, will be out injured. Origi will probably take his place in the attack. Ex-Schalker Malick Thiaw has now established himself in the Rossoneri’s defence and will also start from the start on Sunday.
Napoli – Milan direct comparison & statistics
Napoli and AC Milan have played 170 matches against each other in their history so far. ACM have emerged victorious 67 times. Napoli, on the other hand, have only won 51 times. In the last match on matchday 7, however, the league leaders won 2-1.
– Napoli have won three of their last four encounters with AC Milan.
– When Napoli lead 1-0 in home games, they win 82% of the matches
– Both teams are separated by 23 points in the league
– AC Milan have failed to score in 4 of their 14 away matches in Serie A this season