Napoli and Milan will face off at the Stadio San Paolo on Monday night as the Partenopei look to get back on a winning track, while Milan looks to try to continue their way into the top 5 of the Serie A table.
Milan currently sits with 43 points in sixth place behind Inter who has 48 points and sits in 5th place. They lost at home 4-0 against Napoli early in the season, but Milan have improved and played much better lately. The Rossoneri have been in solid form as of late winning three of their last five Serie A matches and also going undefeated in that short stretch. Bacca is having a solid season in his first year with the club already in double digits in the scoring column. Bonaventura is also a player that has received a lot of attention lately due to his great play. Many people have debated between Bonaventura and Lorenzo Insigne on who should be called up to the national team and who should receive the starting nod. The young goalie, Donnarumma, is also a bright spot in the Milan team showing his potential and skill set in only his first year while still learning the game.
Napoli is looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses for the first time all season after losing to Juventus last weekend and then losing to Villarreal in Europa League action on Thursday. With the loss against Juventus, the azzurri conceded first place, but now look to take it back with a victory against Milan after Juve was held to a scoreless draw against Bologna on Friday. The Partenopei need Gonzalo Higuain to get back on the score sheet and need a big performance from Lorenzo Insigne after a lackluster performance against Juventus last week. Coach Maurizio Sarri has remained calm and assured everyone that his team is ready and that the past few losses would not interfere with Monday’s clash with Milan. The home fans at the San Paolo will be continuing their strong support for their club and be behind them for this big match as Napoli looks to take back the first place spot in the standings.
Napoli’s Recent Form in Serie A: LWWWW
Milan’s Recent Form in Serie A: WDWWD
Head to Head: Napoli got the best of Milan when they faced the Rossoneri away from home earlier this season and got the victory by a final score of 4-0. Last season the two clubs split the season series by each winning a game on their home field.
Napoli: Formation – 4-3-3
Injured: Alberto Grassi
Callups: Reina, Gabriel, Rafael, Maggio, Hysaj, Strinic, Regini, Ghoulam, Albiol, Koulibaly, Chiriches, Valdifiori, Allan, David Lopez, Chalobah, Hamsik, El Kaddouri, Callejon, Insigne, Mertens, Gabbiadini, Higuain
NAPOLI’S Probable Starting XI: (4-3-3) Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Higuain, Insigne
Milan: Formation – 4-4-2
Injured: Mexes, Diego Lopez, Ely, Mauri, Luiz Adriano
Callups: Donnarumma, Abbiati, Livieri, Abate, Alex, Zapata, Antonelli, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Calabria, Simic, Honda, Montolivo, Bertolacci, Bonaventura, Kucka, Locatelli, Poli, Boateng, Bacca, Niang, Balotelli, Menez
MILAN’S Probable Starting XI: (4-4-2) Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Zapata, Antonelli; Honda, Montolivo, Bertolacci, Bonaventura; Bacca, Niang