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April 15, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 72054‎
 

AC Milan-Napoli Preview: Champions League-chasers collide at San Siro

It is third versus second at the Giuseppe Meazza, as the Rossoneri look to bounce back after their draw with 10-man Fiorentina by closing to within a point of the Partenopei

By Mark Doyle

Giampaolo Pazzini - Milan
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant
Boateng, Montolivo, Muntari
Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy


NAPOLI

 
De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos
Maggio, Behrami, Dzemaili, Zuniga
Hamsik

Pandev, Cavani


AC Milan must make do without the services of star striker Mario Balotelli for their crunch Serie A clash with Napoli at San Siro on Sunday evening.

The Italy international was hit with a one-game suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season in last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Fiorentina before being banned for an additional two games for insulting the match officials at the Artemio Franchi.

Consequently, Giampaolo Pazzini will lead the line against the second-placed Partenopei, with the former Inter forward set to be joined in Milan’s usual three-pronged attack by Stephan El Shaarawy and M’baye Niang, whose recall should see Kevin-Prince Boateng drop back into midfield.

Elsewhere, Kevin Constant is expected to return on left-hand side of the defence, leaving Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio to battle it out for the right-back berth.

As for the visitors, Walter Mazzarri has a full squad to choose from and the Partenopei coach is only expected to make one change to the side that saw off Genoa last weekend, with Juan Camilo Zuniga set to get the nod ahead of Pablo Armero on the left wing.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have won their last nine home games in all competitions.

  • The Rossoneri have not drawn a single game at San Siro this season. 

  • Massimiliano Allegri's men have conceded just 12 goals in their own backyard - only leaders Juventus have shipped fewer (9).
  • Stephan El Shaarawy (right) is Milan's top scorer but he has netted just once since the tail end of January.
  • Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has scored four goals in his last two Serie A outings.
  • The Partenopei were held to a 2-2 draw when these two sides met at San Siro earlier in the season.

 



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Last Five Matches
Milan
14-Apr-2014Milan 1 - Catania 0SR-A
08-Apr-2014Genoa 1 - Milan 2SR-A
30-Mar-2014Milan 3 - Chievo 0SR-A
27-Mar-2014Fiorentina 0 - Milan 2SR-A
24-Mar-2014Lazio 1 - Milan 1SR-A
Napoli
13-Apr-2014Napoli 4 - Lazio 2SR-A
07-Apr-2014Parma 1 - Napoli 0SR-A
31-Mar-2014Napoli 2 - Juventus 0SR-A
27-Mar-2014Catania 2 - Napoli 4SR-A
23-Mar-2014Napoli 0 - Fiorentina 1SR-A
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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
59GabrielGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
4Bartosz SalamonDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9M'Baye NiangStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
15Roberto ColomboGoalkeeper
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
35RolandoDefender
-Pablo ArmeroDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
30Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
16Emanuele CalaiòStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
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