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The focus of this season’s Eighth Serie A round will be the great battle between Napoli and AC Milan. The two teams are competing extremely fiercely on the road to the title. Now a win would put Napoli ahead of their opponents, but with their form so steady at the moment, will AC Milan be easily subdued.
Having only had to be a guest of Bologna at the bottom of the standings, Napoli successfully took advantage of the opportunity to bring home the three points worthily. It can be said that after losing the whole episode last season, Gattuso’s coaches are now very determined. After 7 rounds they won 5 and lost 2, giving Bologna 3rd place in the standings with 14 points. This was because Napoli were deducted one point. Even if they were not to lose to Juventus (0-3) with a penalty minus points, then perhaps Napoli would be the name at the top of the standings at the moment. Napoli’s form has been relatively impressive having won four of their last five appearances. In the Europa League, Napoli is also six points off the top of Group F. The problem is that coach Gattuso has lost both of their last two home games, a significant obstacle for Napoli before the next visit.
In Serie A, last week Napoli also had an impressive win over the weaker team, Bologna. This match, as early as the 23rd minute Napoli had a 1-0 win over their opponents. And obviously the main goal is to get 3 points. Therefore, between the first half and the second half, Napolio did not have many attacking phases and mainly improved the defense.
Away team AC Milan have just made it difficult for themselves on their journey towards the Serie A crown this season. Even luckily AC Milan drew with Verona at home. The game they lost by two goals early on and had to rely on Ibrahimovic’s shine in the 90+3 minute to retain a point. AC Milan have not lost and remain unbeaten in Serie A this season. Accordingly, after going through 7 rounds they won 5 and drew 2. Now with 17 points in hand, AC Milan at the top of the standings. Confidence grows with AC Milan ahead of the upcoming trip. Ibrahimovic and his team-mates drew one and won four of their last five away games. Already, in the last four encounters against Napoli in all competitions, AC Milan have not lost.
In the domestic league, AC Milan played really well with their unbeaten seven-round streak. But this weekend, the first difficulty they need to deal with Napoli. Can his unbeaten record be accomplished against this opponent?
In the past, three-quarter matches against Napoli have resulted in three draws and one AC Milan win. In particular, in the recent head-to-head match also at home, Napoli had a tough win and the result was 2-2. This match was fierce with control of the ball of both being 51/49.
Napoli: Meret; Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Ruiz, Demme; Lozano, Mertens, Insigne; Milik.
AC Milan: Donnarumma; Hernandez, Gabbia, Kjaer, Calabria; Kessie, Bennacer; Calhanoglu, Saelemaekers, Diaz; Ibrahimovic.