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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
Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant
Boateng, Montolivo, Muntari
Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos
Maggio, Behrami, Dzemaili, Zuniga
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.
Top 3 Predictions
Milan 2-0 Napoli
- 24.04 %
Milan 2-1 Napoli
- 19.59 %
Milan 3-1 Napoli
- 10.65 %
|Serie A (ITA1)||15-Apr-2013||Milan 1 - Napoli 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||18-Nov-2012||Napoli 2 - Milan 2|
|Serie A (ITA1)||05-Feb-2012||Milan 0 - Napoli 0|
|Serie A (ITA1)||19-Sep-2011||Napoli 3 - Milan 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||01-Mar-2011||Milan 3 - Napoli 0|
|20-May-2013||Siena 1 - Milan 2||ITA1|
|13-May-2013||Milan 0 - AS Roma 0||ITA1|
|08-May-2013||Pescara 0 - Milan 4||ITA1|
|05-May-2013||Milan 1 - Torino 0||ITA1|
|29-Apr-2013||Milan 4 - Catania 2||ITA1|
|4||Sulley Ali Muntari||Midfielder|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|76||Mario Alberto Yepes||Defender|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Midfielder|
|1||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|5||Miguel Angel Britos||Defender|
|14||Hugo Armando Campagnaro||Defender|
|18||Juan Camilo Zúñiga||Defender|
|13||Omar El Kaddouri||Midfielder|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed