Serie A Match of the Week of Epic Proportions
It simply doesn’t get better than this. In a game with massive consequences for the Serie A title race, Napoli will host AC Milan with both teams level at the top of the table.
Expect a championship atmosphere in Naples, as the hosts are soccer betting favorites heading into Sunday’s big match.
Napoli vs AC Milan Betting Preview
- Game: S.S.C. Napoli vs A.C. Milan
- Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy
- Date/Time: Sunday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Napoli vs AC Milan Head to Head
Napoli have won the last two meetings by a 1-0 scoreline, but AC Milan have come away with points in the last two matches in Naples. The home team hasn’t won in the last five matches between these two.
Napoli Nabs Top Spot
Napoli dramatically came away with all three points on Sunday in a huge result for their title bid. It looked like we were headed for a draw as Lazio canceled out Lorenzo Insigne’s goal when Pedro hit a sweet volley past David Ospina in the 88th minute.
One last chance for Napoli turned into glory as Fabian Ruiz finished an Insigne pass in the fourth minute of stoppage time. It was Ruiz’s Serie A-leading sixth goal from outside of the box this season.
With the win, the Partenopei went from third place to first and are currently ahead of AC Milan on goal difference. After crashing out of the Europa League to Barcelona, this was a huge win for a Napoli team that is focusing solely on the league now. Another huge match awaits Luciano Spalletti’s side and they’ll look to go alone at the top of the table.
One of the best soccer picks in any league in 2022, Napoli have won the most points in Serie A since the new year started and they’re looking to win their first Serie A for over 30 years. Defense has been the name of the game for the Partenopei, who haven’t allowed more than a goal in a Serie A match for three months.
Regulars Hirving Lozano and Andre Zambo Anguissa are out for Napoli but Spalletti will still be able to field a strong team.
AC Milan Dropping Points
The first leg of AC Milan’s Coppa Italia semifinal tie against Inter Milan finished in a scoreless draw on Tuesday. Neither team were at their best but the result favors the Rossoneri, given the away goals rule is in place for one more year. A single goal in the second leg could win it for AC Milan.
The Rossoneri slipped up in the Serie A last weekend, managing just a 1-1 draw vs Udinese. Rafael Leao, who’s quickly becoming a star, scored an impressive goal for the hosts in the first half but it wasn’t enough. Milan have now drawn their last three matches in all competitions, blowing the title race wide open in the process.
AC Milan haven’t won a Serie A title for 11 years but they came awfully close last season. They’d be one step closer to heartbreak again without a result here. Thankfully, they’ve been better on the road than at home for online sports betting and have just one loss away from the San Siro in the league.
It’ll be a boost to get Sandro Tonali, who missed the match vs Inter, back from suspension in the heart of midfield. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is getting closer to a return from a hamstring issue, but it looks like he’ll miss this one. Center back Simon Kjaer is out for the season with an ACL tear.
Napoli vs AC Milan Prediction
Both teams will have their sights on not conceding here, which means that this could be a defensive slugfest. AC Milan have conceded just three goals in their last six games in all competitions and are capable of holding Napoli.
One goal could very well end up being the decider here, like in Napoli’s win just before Christmas. Bet online and take under 2½ goals for Sunday’s match.
Pick: Under 2½ (-115)