AC Milan are set to play Napoli at San Siro on Sunday in Serie A.
AC Milan come into this game on the back of a 3-1 win over Ante Cacic's Dinamo Zagreb in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Goals from veteran French striker Olivier Giroud, Belgian winger Alexis Saelemaekers and midfielder Tommaso Pobega secured the win for Stefano Pioli's AC Milan. Croatia international Mislav Orsic scored the goal for Dinamo Zagreb.
Napoli, on the other hand, beat ten-man Rangers 3-0 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Second-half goals from winger Matteo Politano, attacker Giacomo Raspadori and French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele sealed the deal for Luciano Spalletti's Napoli. American centre-back James Sands was sent off for Rangers.
AC Milan vs Napoli Head-to-Head
In 31 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Napoli hold the advantage. They have won 12 games, lost eight and drawn 11.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year, with AC Milan beating Napoli 1-0. A second-half goal from former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud ensured victory for AC Milan.
AC Milan form guide in Serie A: W-W-D-W-D
Napoli form guide in Serie A: W-W-D-D-W
AC Milan vs Napoli Team News
AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli will be unable to call upon the services of former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Belgian forward Divock Origi, right-back Alessandro Florenzi and Croatian attacker Ante Rebic.
Portugal international Rafael Leao is suspended, and that will be a big loss for the Rossoneri as the Portuguese speedster is in great form.
Injured: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro Florenzi, Divock Origi, Ante Rebic
Suspended: Rafael Leao
Meanwhile, Napoli will be without Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and German midfielder Diego Demme. There are doubts over the availability of Mexican winger Hirving Lozano. Other than that, there are no known issues and manager Luciano Spalletti is expected to have a strong squad at his disposal.
Injured: Diego Demme, Victor Osimhen
Doubtful: Hirving Lozano
AC Milan vs Napoli Predicted XI
AC Milan Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali, Alexis Saelemaekers, Charles De Ketelaere, Junior Messias, Olivier Giroud
Napoli Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Alex Meret, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kim Min-jae, Mathias Olivera, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Giacomo Raspadori, Tanguy Ndombele, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Giovanni Simeone
AC Milan vs Napoli Prediction
AC Milan won the league last season, and are currently third in the top flight table. They have made some astute signings during the summer transfer window, adding young talents like Charles De Ketelaere, Aster Vranckx and Malick Thiaw to the squad. However, their top transfer window achievement could be holding on to Rafael Leao, despite persistent links to Chelsea.
Napoli, on the other hand, enjoyed an excellent transfer window, despite selling established stars like Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz, and also letting go of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. Young stars like Kim Min-jae and Giacomo Raspadori have joined, while Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has started the season on fire. Kvaradona's impact has propelled Napoli to the top of the league table.
A close game is on the cards, with a draw likely.
Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Napoli