In the upcoming match, a heated battle is expected between the winners of 21/22 and 22/23 Serie A draw. Teams this season do not always meet the expectations of fans, which generates a wave of rumours about resignations (especially for Milan) and the need to refresh the squad (the hottest topic for Neapolitan fans). Both Milan and Napoli won their matches in the previous round, and, characteristically, snatched victory at the end of the match (Napoli scored the winning goal in the 87th minute, and Milan in the 81st). There is no bright one-way bias in the face-to-face meetings of the teams, and the last two matches ended in a draw. In the upcoming match, another draw is unlikely to suit anyone, so the teams approach this meeting fully armed.
AC Milan vs. Napoli Preview
AC Milan Preview
Despite the fact that nominally Milan is still chasing the leading Inter, it will not be easy to win back the gap of 8 points (and the match in reserve for Inter). In addition, the team is not performing too consistently this season and despite a series without defeats in 8 rounds of Serie A, it cannot boast of a confident game. Milan's last three matches have been a real spectacle - 2:3 with Frosinone, 2:2 with Bologna and 2:3 with Udinese - which indicates obvious problems with concentration and defence. It is also not uncommon to hear rumours about the dismissal of Stefano Pioli and the possible appointment of Graham Potter or Antonio Conte. Despite all these factors, Milan is fighting and is unlikely to miss its position in the top 3, given that the gap from Atlanta, going 4th, is 10 points.
If Milan looks uncertain, then Napoli is a faded shadow of the team that became champions last season. After Luciano Spalletti's departure, the magic of Naples began to fade, which led to Napoli floundering on the 7th line in Serie A. Walter Mazzari's team has a good chance of getting into the top 4, given the difference of only 4 points, but there are questions about the team's game. The team's problems became especially noticeable with the departure of its best striker Victor Osimhen for the Africa Cup, while the injury to the main goalkeeper Alex Meret had an impact on the defensive game. Napoli is in a fever, the team alternates wins and losses regardless of the level of the opponents, which led to, for example, the shameful relegation from the cup from Frosinone.
Betting Tips for AC Milan vs. Napoli
AC Milan to Win
Despite the fact that Milan is feverish, the team regularly shows character, which was the main feature in the championship season 21/22. Pioli has repeatedly noted that he will fight for the championship until the very end, motivating his players. Napoli still cannot find stability in the game, which was aggravated by the departure of Osimhen for the African Cup. There are many complaints about Mazzari's team and in the pre-match scenario, Milan looks like a preferable candidate for victory. William Hill evaluates this AC Milan vs. Napoli prediction with odds of 1.85.
Total Over 2.5 Goals
Given Milan's recent matches, it is unlikely that the team will solve its problems with concentration in defence in a short time. In addition, the absence of such significant figures in the defence as Fikayo Tomori and Malick Thiaw also contribute. Napoli also does not shine in defence, often conceding from opponents of any level. Given the AC Milan vs. Napoli odds, this outcome is evaluated by William Hill as 1.80.
Goal from 76th Minute - Yes
Milan's character is also manifested in the ability to get a victory at the very end of the match, for which the team has a joker in the form of Luka Jovic. Jovic scored twice in the last three matches after the 80th minute, bringing victory in the matches against Frosinone and Udinese. Napoli also has an interesting statistic - 29% of the team's goals were scored or conceded after 75 minutes. This AC Milan vs. Napoli tip is evaluated by odds of 2.01, given by William Hill.
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