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  • September 18, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 58000
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Serie A Preview: Napoli v AC Milan

Serie A Preview: Napoli v AC Milan

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Walter Mazzarri's men will clash with the Serie A champions in what should be an enthralling affair at the Stadio San Paolo


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Napoli (3-4-1-2): De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Dossena; Hamsik; Pandev, Cavani


Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri will have to make due without Miguel Britos, Marco Donadel and Ezequiel Lavezzi who are all out injured.

AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Nocerino, Van Bommel, Aquilani; Seedorf; Cassano, Pato



Milan have a plethora of players on the treatment table as Mathieu Flamini is out for five months while Philippe Mexes, Robinho, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini, Kevin Prince Boateng are all nursing various knocks.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli have beaten Milan only once in their last 16 Serie A matches.
  • Walter Mazzarri's men have lost only once in their last 15 league matches at the Stadio San Paolo.
  • Napoli have found the back of the net at least once in their last 11 top flight encounters.
  • Napoli picked up 40 points at home in the 2010-11 campaign.
  • AC Milan are currently riding a six-game unbeaten streak against Napoli.
  • Massimiliano Allegri has never lost to a Walter Mazzarri-coached team.
  • The Serie A champions have succumbed to only one defeat in the calendar year.
  • Milan won 12 games by a one-goal margin last season.

Players to watch

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

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'El Matador' put the team on his back and led them to a third place finish last year. The Uruguay international scored at Eastlands on Wednesday and will look to repeat that feat against the Serie A champions on Sunday.

Alexandre Pato

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Brazil striker stunned the Camp Nou on Tuesday with his goal after just 25 seconds and will need to shoulder the scoring load once again at the weekend in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams are coming off draws against tough opponents in the Champions League midweek and face another battle on the weekend. Napoli are usually impregnable at the San Paolo but Milan beat them there last year. A score draw is on the cards on Sunday evening.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Napoli

Milan

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

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