The Sunday night game from the Italian Seria A features one of the biggest derbies in the country as AC Milan take on the renovated Napoli team at the San Siro. The Rossonerri have collected four points from three matches, while the Neapolitanians are on top of the standings with three wins from just as many games. Both clubs won their midweek Champions League matches.
Just as with any other of our top betting picks for a given day, we would like to start off this Milan v Napoli prediction with analysis of the available players. The big miss for the hosts would be Kaka. The Brazilian got injured in his comeback game – the 2:2 draw at Torino. It’s a really unfortunate turn of events for the 31-year old, who even stated that he does not want to get paid during his recovery period which is expected to be up to a month. A nice gesture that few players have done, if anyone, but the fact that he is out remains.
Continuing with the most accurate AC Milan v Napoli prediction for August 22, 2013, another big loss for the red and black is Kevin Prince Boateng. The Ghana star was sold to Schalke as the Italians keep on selling their top players just to even the balance sheets. Kaka was viewed as a cheaper alternative, and yet he is injury prone.
Balotelli remains Milan’s best player, and in combination with Robinho and Matri who was recently acquired from Juventus, the hosts are set to score some goals in this contest. On the other side, we have a Napoli team that has been renovated quite nicely.
Of course, we have to consider both teams in our Milan v Napoli prediction. Napoli had to part ways with some of their best players over the last couple of seasons as they sold both Lavezzi and Cavani to the new rich kids on the block – PSG. On top of that, they lost their head coach Walter Mazzari who is now in charge of Inter. Losing such a good coach is always a huge blow, but as things stand right now, Napoli have made an intelligent comeback. They managed to retain the services of their best midfielder and most inspirational player Marek Hamsik. They brought Gonzalo Higuain who was out of favor in Real Madrid, and also got Jose Callejon. Both of them have raised the bar significantly in terms of the talent available. Insigne has been one of the most exciting wingers in Europe right now, so Rafa Benitez is certainly not without options.
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