Napoli vs AC Milan – Champions League preview
Napoli vs AC Milan – Champions League preview as the Italians set for the final face off in the elite European competition to see who will qualify for the semifinal.
Rossoneri might not have their best game in the first leg at San Siro, but while first-time quarterfinalist Napoli were unable to take their chances, Ismael Bennacer’s strike before the break gave Milan a slim advantage ahead of this week’s trip to Naples.
Napoli vs AC Milan – Preview
Currently standing top of Serie A’s standings, but Napoli have failed to get the better side of Milan in recent weeks.
The Naples side suffered a shock four-goal league defeat to their rival at the beginning of the month, only before failing to break down a bottom-side Hellas Verona.
However, they are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches in Europe’s top club competition, winning each of their four fixtures at the Maradona this season.
Despite having better results this season so far against their coming opponent, Milan has gone through rough run in the local league, with the victory over Napoli being their only domestic run success since February.
Since then, Stefano Pioli’s struggled against Udinese, Fiorentina, Salernitana, Empoli and Bologna the latest.
It seems pretty much like the Champions League is Rossoneri’s top priority so far this season.
- Champions League form: WWLWWL
- In all competitions: WWLWLD
- In all competitions: DLWDWD
Luciano Spalletti’s side will be handed an massive boost as Victor Osimhen is back in action.
The Nigerian striker missed previous games, including the first leg defeat at Milan’s.
Meanwhile, Zlata Ibrahimovic will miss out as the Swedish striker is injured, but Simon Kjaer, Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao are all fit.
Napoli predicted starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Rui; Ndombele, Lobotka, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
AC Milan predicted starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Krunic, Tonali; Diaz, Bennacer, Leao; Giroud
Napoli 1-1 AC Milan (AC Milan win 2-1 on aggregate)
It’s hard to beat Napoli at home, but Milan will be having what they want, a draw is enough for the Diovolo to reach the final four for the first time in over a decade.