Napoli – Milan 08.02.2014
The former Milan player was appointed on January 16 and has lost just one of his four games in charge.
They have recorded wins against Verona and Cagliari but were knocked out the Coppa Italia at home to Udinese by two goals to one. Both teams have scored in the club’s last three games. Last time out I Rossoneri came from behind in the 1-1 draw with Torino. Adil Rami equalized for Milan who had gone behind to a Ciro Immobile strike. The result leaves them 10th in the table on 29 points. They are currently six points behind Verona who occupy the last Europa League place. They face a Napoli side that are third in Serie A, a huge 15 points behind leaders Juventus. They come into the game following back to back defeats to Atalanta in the league and Roma in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.
Their last win in the league came away at Verona on January 12. Rafa Benitez’ men have been in poor form of late as they won four and drew four of their league games before this current winless streak. The home side will be looking for their top scorer to get find his shooting boots once again. Gonzalo Higuaín has netted on 14 occasions so far this season but has failed to register in the club’s last two games. He netted the winner in the last round of the Coppa Italia against the holders Lazio and then was unthinkably dropped for the debacle at Atalanta.
Match: Napoli – Milan 20.45h
League: Serie A
Our prediction: over 2.5 goals Odds: 1.85
The former Manchester City man, who missed the draw with Torino, has been employed as a loan striker with Robinho, Kaka and Keisuke Honda in behind meaning he will get plenty of service. Last time these sides met goals from Higuaín and Miguel Britos secured a 2-1 win for Napoli. Balotelli grabbed a consolation on the day in a game that that brought a run of three draws between the sides to an end. There are many strong player in the field today and we will certainly see more than 2 goals.