Napoli v AC Milan Preview

February 7, 2014 | By

Juventus v Roma PreviewItalian Serie A action Saturday Night comes from the San Paolo Stadium and features hosts Napoli versus AC Milan.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Napoli v AC Milan Preview, Serie A, Saturday 8th February 2014

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has been quoted that Napoli are serious underdogs when facing clubs such as Roma. Which proved right with Napoli close to crashing out of the Coppa Italia and it will require some exceptional football when the 2nd leg takes place next week at home. They do have the away goals so only require to win the game by a goal to nil but this is Roma they are playing who have played exceptionally well this season. It didn’t help Napoli heading into that game coming off of another away loss but this time to 12th placed Atalanta who shocked their hosts 3 goals to nil.

AC Milan have been in good form this month having only lost once to Udinese in the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia. It was a huge blow for Milan who took the early lead after Robinho set up Mario Balotelli to score in the 7th minute. It took until just before half time for Udinese to equalize from the spot with a Muriel effort only for Lopez to grab the winner with only 12 minutes remaining. With such little time to mount a comeback Milan eventually fell to an unlikely loss to a struggling Udinese side.

Napoli v AC Milan Team News

Napoli Team News:

Pepe Reina will be set to start again this Saturday and will make it his 17th appearance so far this season. Gonzalo Higuain was touted as a possible Chelsea target during the January transfer window only for Jose Mourinho to dismiss such claims. The player himself also stated he was happy at Napoli and an exit was only described as absurd. The striker has so far scored 15 goals in all competitions since his £35million transfer in the summer.

AC Milan Team News:

AC Milan have signed troublesome attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt as he now hopes to rekindle his career in the country of Italy. Taarabt is seen as such a huge talent yet his poor attitude lets him down and unless that changes his development will no doubt not rise to his full potential. Adel Taarabt was soon heard disrespecting his previous clubs calling them nothing but small clubs which will no doubt anger Tottenham Hotspur fans who have such a rich history.

Napoli v AC Milan Head to Head Statistics

In the last 5 head to head statistics we can see that Napoli just steal it with 2 wins and 3 draws. Yet if we look into the past we can see 25 games have been played in total and it is AC Milan who come out on top with 9 wins to Napoli’s 5. We have also seen 11 draws with 5 of them seeing Napoli host.

22/09/13 SEA AC Milan – Napoli 1 : 2
14/04/13 SEA AC Milan – Napoli 1 : 1
17/11/12 SEA Napoli – AC Milan 2 : 2
05/02/12 SEA AC Milan – Napoli 0 : 0
18/09/11 SEA Napoli – AC Milan 3 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

In these 25 games played in the past we have seen a total of 53 goals scored which isn’t giving us anything special. The average goals per game is 2.1 but if we take into account the last 5 head to heads we are looking at something a little more exciting with 2.6 goals per game. A stat I would rather back that the 2.previously mentioned.

Napoli v AC Milan Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Napoli: L L W D D

AC Milan: D W L W W

Napoli have experienced a serious drop in form in this last month having suffered to two away loses in the last week and although they did manage a win at home to Lazio they did drop 4 points in the two previous games in two score draws. AC Milan’s form has picked up and they are playing more like they are expected having only lost once in the last five games.

Napoli v AC Milan Match Betting Odds Market.

Napoli are seen as the favourites for this game with them being at home and the bookmakers best odds are currently seen here @ 11/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw is a good contender if you plan to take the straight bet and it could prove to be worth while seeing as its a result seen very often in recent years. The best odds are coming in @ 5/2 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

AC Milan are in good form coming into this game and are only seen as slight outsiders to come away with and positive result. For the win however we are seeing the best current odds set here @ 3/1 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers)

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Napoli v AC Milan Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Two huge Italian greats clash horns on Saturday and the bookmakers have set Napoli as the favourites as they play hosts to an inform AC Milan. Adel Taarabt could be set to start here on Saturday with the Moroccan keen to hit the ground running in hopes of showing the Italian Serie A just what he has to offer. With such a poor start to his temporary life at struggling Premiership club Fulham he was keen to move on as his owners QPR were quick to add the youngster had no place in London.

Napoli have hit this month seriously lacking in form and could find themselves on the back of another loss if AC Milan have anything to do with it. The away team here have a better history against Napoli but have failed to make an impact as expected, where as previous years AC Milan have been one of the bigger teams to beat but now see themselves rebuilding and scrapping for much needed points to aid in climbing the league.

So lets get down to some predictions for this epic Italian game on Saturday. For me personally I do feel Napoli are lacking in recent weeks and heading into this game on the back of two away loses I feel could effect their confidence which could of dropped with the poor results from this month. I do plan to go for a score draw which I do believe has a serious chance of coming in with the other having both teams to score but AC Milan to win at the end of 90 minutes.

The Verdict

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