Napoli-AC Milan Betting Preview: Back Balotelli to return with a bang at the San Paolo

The fiery striker's form under new boss Clarence Seedorf was interrupted by suspension last weekend - expect him to pick up where he left off in Naples
Napoli will be hoping to bounce back from two consecutive defeats when they welcome AC Milan to the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.

The Partenopei followed up last weekend’s shock 3-0 Serie A defeat at Atalanta by losing 3-2 in against Roma in the away leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final, but are available at even odds (2.00) with William Hill to get back to winning ways in this one.

Clarence Seedorf remains unbeaten in the league after seeing his side draw 1-1 at home to Torino in his third Serie A game in charge, although they are 13/5 (3.60) outsiders to come out on top here.

The hosts were held to a disappointing draw by Chievo in their last match on home soil and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them dropping another two points this time out.

Last weekend’s stalemate saw Seedorf deprived of star striker Mario Balotelli for the first time, after he was suspended following a yellow card for making an inappropriate gesture to the opposition fans after his late goal in the win over Cagliari.

Without him, the Nerazzurri struggled for a cutting edge up front, eventually settling for a point thanks to a deflected equaliser from central defender Adil Rami.

Having previously scored in all three games since Seedorf’s arrival, the maverick frontman will be looking to make up for lost time on Saturday when he faces a team against whom he has a real point to prove following the last encounter.

The 23-year-old endured a rollercoaster in the previous league meeting back in September, missing the first penalty of his career before scoring a magnificent late goal and being sent off after the final whistle for remonstrating with the referee.

Despite the hysteria surrounding him, a record of 21 goals in 29 Serie A games for Milan is not to be taken lightly and the Italy striker represents great value at 5/4 (2.25) to hit the back of the net for the fifth consecutive game against a defence that has conceded six times in their last two matches.

Balotelli to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill

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