Sunday night’s matchup between the current and upcoming Serie A champions serves as a warm up for their upcoming matches in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The way things stand at the moment, Napoli is the new Serie A champion. The Rossoneri, however, are fighting hard to remain in the top-four zone and qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. There’s a lot of competition, so any advantage you can gain will be invaluable.
Napoli (-110) has a commanding lead in Serie A and is gearing up for a match against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. This generation hopes to make history by becoming the European champions, something nobody expected to see before the start of the campaign.
If that happens, it will be one of the most sensational stories ever in European football, but it won’t be undeserved. Napoli’s performances have been smashing this year, and Gli Azzuri play amazing football, which involves high efficiency and a very appealing approach.
Serie A leaders have won 10 of their last 11 matches. Napoli has scored at least twice in each victory, and Spalletti’s squad has won three in a row, netting nine goals while allowing none.
Milan (+350) is experiencing one pretty strange season so far. The current Serie A champions encountered wild swings in performance, moving up and down the standings while recording mixed results.
Rossoneri are currently winless after four games, having two ties and losses. All but one of those games ended saw both teams netting, the one in London against Tottenham, which ended 0-0. Though, this result was enough for the Italians to advance to UCL’s top eight.
Only two of Milan’s last ten games away from home have ended in victories, while the club has recorded three ties and five defeats. Overall, Milan is mediocre away from San Siro throughout the entire year.
Rapadori is questionable for this derby, while Diego Demme won’t be ready, according to the latest intel coming from the team. Keep an eye on this one in case something changes.
Zlatan was questionable, but he should be in the protocol. The Swed probably won’t start but might come in during the game. Junior Messias should be ready, while Pierre Kalulu won’t play.
Head to Head
In the previous five head-to-head matchups, the visitors came out on top each time. In the most recent encounter, Napoli prevailed over Milan at San Siro by a score of 1-2, with the goals coming from Politano and Simeone for the visitors and Giroud for the hosts.
Eight of the past 10 in Naples were with over 2.5 goals and the same number of games ended with both teams netting.
Given their current form, we will place our bets on Napoli to win the match. Simply, the hosts are far too flamboyant for the rivals who struggle to provide decent resistance away from home. Conversely, Napoli is extremely confident at home, with wild fans supporting the team and creating pressure on the rivals. Far stronger teams have been knocked out in Naples this year.
Pick: Napoli wins -110
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