HOPEFUL AC MILAN HAVE ONE FOOT IN UCL SEMIS AGAINST NAPOLI. PREDICTION
AC Milan edged their Italian opponents 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal and turn their focus to Tuesday’s follow-up.
Ismail Bennacer was the sole goal scorer in the match and Napoli have to stage a comeback to keep their hopes alive.
Napoli come into the game on the back of a barren draw against Verona in the Serie A but still lead the standings with 75 points.
Milan on the other hand are in fourth place with 53 points and were also held 1-1 by Bologna over the weekend.
This is the first time since 2012 that AC Milan have reached this stage of the competition and a win here can keep their dream alive.
Milan have won only one of their last nine home games against Napoli, with their only such victory during this period coming in the 2019 Coppa Italia quarters.
Though Milan convincingly beat Napoli 4-0 away from home in the Serie A earlier this month and are hoping to replicate the resounding win.
The visitors find solace in the fact that Milan have won just four of their 16 most recent Champions League knockout matches, failing to score in 10.
Can the Serie A leaders bounce back and get a home win here to take them into the semis of the competition for the first time?
What time does Napoli vs Milan start?
The game kicks off at 21:00pm CET at the Armando Diego Maradona Stadium.
Napoli vs Milan team news
The return of Victor Osimhen is the biggest news for the home team and he will lead the attacking line as Giovanni Simeone continues to recover.
Zambo Anguissa is suspended for this tie, meaning either Eljif Elmas or Tanguy Ndombele will be brought into the starting XI.
Stanislav Lobotka and Piotr Zielinski will complete the rest of the pack, as the rest of the team remains unchanged.
For the visitors, Olivier Giroud will start up front as he seeks to break the record with his six goals from nine UCL games this season.
Bennacer and Rafael Leao will offer support to the Frenchman.
Napoli vs Milan head to head
Napoli have a good recent record against their opponents and have won 13 of the last 32 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Milan’s nine victories.
Napoli vs Milan current form
The hosts have won 2, lost two and drawn one of their last 5 games, while Milan have two wins, two draws and one defeat in that run.
Napoli vs Milan prediction
This is expected to be a high-scoring game in comparison to the first leg with Napoli coming to seek revenge here. The home team are tipped as favourites to win.
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