Serie A giants Napoli and AC Milan lock horns in the battle for Europa League qualification on Sunday at 8:45 PM.
Hosts Napoli have won four of their five Serie A games since returning to action, while they also beat Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus in the Coppa Italia final to deliver their first major trophy in six years.
Manager Gennaro Gattuso will be relishing the prospect of facing Milan, the club where he won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles as a player but left his post in the dugout by mutual consent in May 2019.
However, Milan will be a tough nut to crack having gone unbeaten since returning to action and pulling off a remarkable 4-2 comeback win over Juventus in their last match.
Just two points separate the two sides in sixth and seventh place and the margin for error is extremely slim.
Where to watch Napoli vs AC Milan on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
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Napoli vs AC Milan’s previous line-ups:
- Napoli (vs Genoa): Meret; Hysaj, Manolas, Maksimovic, Rui; Ruiz, Lobotka, Elmas; Politano, Mertens, Insigne.
- AC Milan (vs Juventus): Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Paqueta, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.
Kevin Malcuit and David Ospina are both injured but Kalidou Koulibaly and Diego Demme should both start having served suspensions.
Hakan Calhanoglu has returned to fitness and should start ahead of Lucas Paqueta but Samu Castillejo, Mateo Musacchio and Leo Duarte are injured.
Player to watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)
After finding his feet from the bench against SPAL, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his return to fitness in true Zlatan style with two goals and two assists against Serie A’s top two teams, Juventus and Lazio, helping AC Milan take six points in the process.
He may be closer to 40 than 30 now, but whether it be at Manchester United in the Premier League, LA Galaxy in MLS or AC Milan in Serie A, Ibrahimovic just continues to defy age and the odds.
The former Sweden international has six goals in 13 games across all competitions since re-joining Milan in December 2019 and with the Rossoneri locked in a battle for fifth with Napoli and Roma, this is just the sort of game you expect him to deliver in — even if Europa League qualification is below his usual standards.
“Ibra was born to play football and is still the best at playing football,” he said recently. “We’ll see how I feel in two months. We’ll also see what’s happening with the club. If this is the situation, to be honest, it’s unlikely you’ll see me at Milan next season.
“Ibra is not a player for the Europa League and Milan are not a club who belong in the Europa League.”
Scoreline prediction: Napoli 1-2 AC Milan
Serie A 2019/20 recent form:
- Napoli: WWLWW
- AC Milan: WWDWW