Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Napoli v AC Milan and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Serie A clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Napoli V AC Milan Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 25/08/18
- Time: 19:30
- Venue: Stadio San Paolo
- Channel: Eleven Sports
Saturday night sees two giants of Italian football go head to head as Napoli host AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo. Napoli go into the game on the back of good win against Lazio where they came from behind to win 2-1. That victory has inspired talk of another title challenge this season. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti meets AC Milan for the first time in a competitive clash since he left the club back in 2009. A win for Napoli would inspire even more excitement among the San Paolo faithful.
Last season saw Napoli hit over 2 goals per game last season and we saw the Partenopei in a creative and attacking mood in their last fixture with 11 attempts on goal and 6 shots on target. They will be looking to that creative style to overcome an AC Milan team who play their first game of the league season on Saturday after their first fixture against Genoa was postponed.
Milan finished last season strongly and they have made some shrewd signings this summer. Gonzalo Higuian was brought in from Juventus and he’ll be leading the line against his former club on Saturday. Higuian has 5 goals in 6 meetings with Napoli and he’ll be looking to get one over on his former team mates and former president who he has a long running feud with. Higuian to score at any time in the match is 11/5 (BetVictor)
Milan found the net away to every top nine side last season and with the added quality of Higuain they could carry on that form again. In 8 of the last 9 matches played between the two sides both teams have found the back of the net. Both teams to score is priced at 3/4 (Bet365)
With the two teams evenly matched it could come down to fine margins for either side to edge this one. Napoli having played a competitive game already will hopefully be more accustomed to the rigours of league football and for the Partenopei a 2-1 win for the on Saturday is priced at 7/1 (Bet365)
Potential Napoli Starting XI: Karnezis, Hysaj, Albiol, Kouliably, Rui, Zielinski, Hamsik, Allan, Insigne, Milik, Callejon
Potential AC Milan Starting XI: Donnarumma, Calabria, Musacchio, Romangoli, Rodriguez, Kessie, Bigla, Bonaventura, Suso, Higuain, Borini
Head To Head
- Napoli have won three of their last four meetings with AC Milan. The 0-0 draw between these two in April was a crushing blow to Napoli’s title hopes.
Key Stats & Facts
- Napoli have scored twice in their last four home matches.
- Milan conceded 73% of their away goals in the second half last season.
- Over 2.5 goals landed in 68% of Napoli’s games last season.
- Napoli 3/5
- Draw 3/1
- AC Milan 9/2
Napoli will face a tough challenge on Saturday night against AC Milan but they will feel confident after a great comeback away from home against Lazio last time out. Goals could come from both sides with AC Milan looking more clinical on paper with Higuian up top for them. I would back Napoli just to edge what should be a high quality close encounter