AC Milan are Inter’s closest title rivals right now but things are so close at the top of Serie A ahead of the winter break (which comes after one more gameweek). Just four points separate Inter and fourth-placed Napoli, with AC Milan only trailing their rivals by one point – though they will feel annoyed they aren’t top of the league. The Rossoneri led Serie A going into last weekend but a draw with Udinese, the fourth time they have dropped points in six matches, allowed Inter to overtake. So now, they go into this crunch clash knowing anything but a win will give their rivals a chance to extend their lead.
But Napoli will be hoping that is the case, at least for now, as victory would move them level on points with Milan. Like Milan, Napoli are enduring a tough run of form having previously been the league leaders, though their fall has been slightly more dramatic. After dropping only two points in their opening 11 matches, Napoli have won just one of their past six in Serie A. Two draws have been accompanied by three defeats including to in their past two against Atalanta and Empoli.
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AC Milan vs Napoli: Match Stats
When it comes to Napoli taking on AC Milan, Lorenzo Insigne is often the man I Partenopei can rely upon. The Italian has scored six goals against Milan in Serie A, level with Napoli legend Diego Maradona. In Italian top-flight history, only Luis Vinicio and Antonio Vojak (both seven) have found the net more times against the Rossoneri for Napoli.
The full match between AC Milan and Napoli is set to be a thrilling affair, but fans watching in the stadium and at home are more likely to get action in the second half – particularly the final 30 minutes. No team have scored more goals in the final 30 minutes of Serie A matches this season than Milan’s 15 (level with Inter), while Napoli have conceded 54% of their goals during this period.
29 January 2019 – AC Milan 2-0 Napoli – Coppa Italia
Napoli won the final meeting between these two last season, ending a five-match winless run in the fixture, and threatening to return to domination. AC Milan have won just three of the past 20 games against Napoli across all competitions, though there have been eight draws in that time.