For many of the present Serie A season it appeared just like the Serie A title in Italy would come all the way down to AC Milan or Napoli. But after dropping factors in current weeks, now each are taking part in catch-up behind chief Inter Milan. A win of their head-to-head on Sunday is crucial to maintain up the chase.
AC Milan hosts struggling Napoli with the 2 groups simply three factors aside close to the highest of the desk. Given Inter’s present type, we might be trying again on this recreation as a title elimination contest. A draw would not serve a lot for both.
Milan (2nd, 39 factors) appears to have turned issues round after a pair of November losses, though a disappointing draw to 14th-placed Udinese final trip has sophisticated its title bid. Still, the Rossoneri sit simply 4 factors again of leaders Inter and would transfer to inside some extent with a win.
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Napoli (4th, 36 factors), in the meantime, will contemplate its title hopes hanging by a thread with seven factors separating it from Inter Milan. The Partenopei’s scudetto desires are already teetering courtesy of three straight winless matches, and a failure to assemble all three factors on the San Siro might start to place a prime 4 end and Champions League qualification in danger.
Both groups will look to show their early season blitz wasn’t only a flash within the pan. Each membership on this contest began the league marketing campaign with 12 unbeaten, solely to stumble on the similar time to open the door for Inter. AC Milan has collected eight factors out of 18 obtainable in its final six matches, whereas Napoli has simply 5 in that very same span.
How to observe AC Milan vs. Napoli
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 19
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS Sports Network
- Spanish-language TV: — None —
- Streaming: fuboTV , Paramount+
The match shall be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, which is offered to stream on fuboTV . Fans who’re new to fuboTV can get it through a 7-day trial .
In addition to being on CBSSN, the match can even be accessible through the CBS platform Paramount+.
The broadcast will embrace pregame and postgame reveals with CBS expertise on-site on the San Siro.
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AC Milan vs. Napoli squad information
The residence aspect has some accidents to take care of, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes a brand new pitch at their Milanello coaching floor is responsible.
The most notable harm is to middle again Simon Kjaer who tore his ACL in opposition to Genoa in early December and can miss important time. Ante Rebic has been out injured since mid-October with each ankle and thigh issues, and his return is unclear after solely doing particular person coaching.
AC Milan ahead Olivier Giroud has continued to work on his personal as he comes again from a muscle drawback and he’s anticipated to be prepared for Napoli in a job off the bench. Three different gamers, Pietro Pellegri, Rafael Leao, and Davide Calabria, had been additionally coaching on the aspect this week and left again Theo Hernandez may additionally bow out.
AC Milan predicted beginning lineup (4-2-3-1): Maignan (GK) — Fode Ballo Toure, Romagnoli, Tomori, Kevin Malcuit — Kessie, Tonali – Krunic, Diaz, Saelemaekers — Ibrahimovic
Napoli talisman Lorenzo Insigne returned from his transient calf harm final trip within the loss to Empoli, coming off the bench. That match value the membership one other harm to Piotr Zielinski. The Polish worldwide was eliminated as a consequence of respiration issues, and whereas the membership introduced quickly after the match that he has been given the all clear, it is doable that Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti will let him relaxation.
It’s an harm disaster for Napoli. Forward Victor Osimhen is already out and now Lorenzo Insigne must skip the match. Defender Kalidou Koulibaly can even be lacking not less than by means of the winter break with a thigh harm. That leaves Serie A journeyman Juan Jesus as his alternative. In the 2 video games with out Koulibaly, Napoli has conceded 4 targets, plus the late equalizer to Sassuolo when the Senegal worldwide had gone off injured. He will be a significant loss.
Napoli predicted beginning lineup (4-2-3-1): Ospina (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Juan Jesus, Rrahmani, Kevin Malcuit — Demme, Anguissa – Elmas, Zielinski, Politano — Mertens
AC Milan vs. Napoli betting odds & prediction
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If shedding Osimhen to harm was not tough sufficient on the assault, the lack of Koulibaly, as acknowledged above, has been devastating to the Napoli protection, and in opposition to bodily AC Milan attackers like Ibrahimovic, that would be a difference-maker.
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Speaking of Zlatan, he is scored 4 targets in his final 4 Serie A appearances, and he scored a brace in opposition to Napoli final time he confronted them, a 3-1 AC Milan victory in November of 2020. Playing in Napoli has been a home of horrors for AC Milan of late, however at residence, it should not be an issue in opposition to a visiting squad lacking key items.
Pick: AC Milan to win & each groups to attain (+290)
Prediction: AC Milan 3-1 Napoli
- Moneyline: AC Milan +125 / Draw +255 / Napoli +220
- Spread: AC Milan -0.5 (+125) / Napoli 0.5 (-140)
- O/U 2.5 whole targets: Over -115 / Under -105
- Both groups to attain: Yes -150 / No +115