NAPOLI v AC MILAN – Serie A
February 22 2016, Stadio San Paolo, 20:00 GMT +0
It’s not a secret Napoli lost to the “Old Lady” in the last round of Serie A, but statistic wise, the “Partenopei” were playing pretty well, they even managed to have most of the possession (56%). Even though Napoli managed only 1 shoot on the Juventus goal, we must give them credit, they prevented Juventus to score until 88′. And all that on Juventus Arena, where Juventus only lost 1 match so far in the league.
On Thursday Napoli lost their 1 match in knock-out stages of Europa League against VIllarreal (1:0), but that should not concern the Maurizio Sarri’s side, as there is another match at Stadio San Paolo, where the record of 0 losses still holds (12-2-0). In fact not one team in Serie A won against Napoli at their home stadium since Juventus at the start of 2014.
After losing their last fixture against Juventus, Napoli is second in the table, but with Juventus failing to win against Bologna on the road (0:0), Napoli has a great chance to claim first position in Serie A and knock Juventus back to second place with a win today. Taking into consideration Juventus and Napoli won’t face each other this season, the race for the league title will be decided with performances against other teams, and one of those will be today, against AC Milan.
Looking at H2H matches between today’s opponents Napoli came on top twice in the last 2 matches, (3:0) and (0:4) were the results, and there is no excuse for the poor performances by the “Rossoneri” in those two match ups.
As for missing players, Napoli will have full squad available to grab 3 points and 1st place in Serie A.
Milan has been improving lately with new approach by coach Mihajlović, and has yet to lose a match in the last 7 in Serie A. Wins against Inter (3:0) and FIorentina (2:0) as well as a draw against Roma (1:1) shows some kind of improvement and a quest to reach 3rd place in the league and a spot in European competitions does not seem as a unreachable goal any more. But today they might expect a tough fight for a win at Stadio San Paolo. The fact that Milan will miss Luiz Adriano, Alessio Romagnoli (who is doubtful to participate in today’s match), Mexes and Ely it will only weaken their squad.
This match is of a high importance for Napoli and is a must win, if they want to stay ahead of Juventus in a race for league title. With home advantage and no missing players, it should be a win for Napoli.
Prediction: Napoli -1
Odds: 2.09 SBOBET