Our match prediction:
It seems that the defeat against Juventus left a mark on Maurizio Sarri’s charges, as they suffered yet another loss, this time at the hands of Villarreal in the Europa League (1-0). Partenopei need to get back to winning ways immediately if they plan to keep track of high-flying Juventus. Napoli boss rested most of his key players for the clash against Milan, so we expect the Capocannoniere pretender, Higuain, to make his appearance from the start and wreak havoc on Sinisa Mihajlovic’s defenders. I Rossoneri are on a nine-game undefeated run in all competitions, it looks like the Serbian manager has finally put all the pieces together, which resulted with their uprising in the overall standings. The San Siro outfit are a tough nut to crack when on their travels, as they suffered their last defeat on the road in November (W4 D3). Carlos Bacca has been highly productive of late, he should present the biggest weapon in attack. We predict a spectacle for the fans, while giving a slight advantage to the home team.
Highligted Player (Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent. After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (AC Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies. Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina. Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks). The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.