Sunday, September 18, 2011
Napoli - AC Milan Preview
An early meeting between two biggest favourites of the Scudetto.
Both teams coming from European Champions League games with successful results.
Milan held Barcelona in Camp Nou with 2-2 score and Napoli held high-flying Manchester City with 1-1.
Now both teams focused on the big game of sunday.
Mazzarri's side started to Serie A with Cesena victory. Against Manchester City ; Napoli played a great game. Napoli would have won in England if they had some luck.
It's too early to talk but it seems title race will be between Napoli and Milan.
Lavezzi had an injury but he's in Mazzarri's list before the Milan game.
Argentinian star has chances to play , probably Mazzarri will give a final decision before the game. If he doesn't start with Lavezzi , Pandev likely to replace him.
Napoli (probable) 3-4-2-1 ; De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Dossena; Hamsik, Pandev (Lavezzi) ; Cavani
Rossoneri have a lot of troubles with the list of injured players. Allegri's team have stopped ''Best Team of the World'' at UEFA Champions League game but number of the injured players giving headache to Milan's coach before Napoli clash.
Ibrahimovic , Robinho , Flamini , Gattuso , Inzaghi are all injured. Ambrosini has shoulder problems and will miss 3 weeks. Also Prince Boateng has pain on his ribs and he will miss Napoli game. New comer Taiwo is still injured and Zambrotta have small chances to play.
Allegri will start with Pato & Cassano duo up-front and Seedorf will play behind them. Antonini will replace Zambrotta.
Milan (probable) 4-3-1-2 ; Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Silva, Antonini; Nocerino, Van Bommel, Aquilani; Seedorf; Pato, Cassano
Besides injuries Milan have old players who can't play every three days anymore or can't show same performance.
Nesta, Seedorf, Van Bommel are tired after Barcelona game and their conditions definetely won't be %100.
H2H in San Paolo ;
25.10.2010 D1 SSC Napoli 1-2 AC Milan
28.10.2009 D1 SSC Napoli 2-2 AC Milan
22.03.2009 D1 SSC Napoli 0-0 AC Milan
11.05.2008 D1 SSC Napoli 3-1 AC Milan
08.04.2001 D1 SSC Napoli 0-0 AC Milan
Napoli gained more confidence after Manchester City name and they're &100 motivated to win against the Rossoneri. Even with missings Milan are still great team but will have difficulties without key names.
Especially Zambrotta , Gattuso , Zlatan and Boateng's missings are big blows. Boateng has such an important role between midfield and forward zone. Antonini's level isn't enough to play for Milan. Aquilani and Nocerino are new players and might have adaptation difficulties.
Cassano's form unreliable.
Mazzarri's side have chances to get three points , if Lavezzi plays they will have more chances against weakened Milan.
A hard and busy schedule waiting for the Rossoneri. After Napoli game , they will host Udinese in midweek.
In a short period to play a lot of difficult games with a lot of missings might give some troubles to Allegri's team.