AC Milan take on the visitors Napoli in the round 24 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Sunday, February 11th at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan).
Milan are fairly solidifying its niche this season. Under Stefano Pioli, the Red and Blacks have achieved decent results. However, it seems like there's something the team focuses on. First, there was a failure in the Champions League, finishing 4th in the group - but that season, in 2022, was crowned with the long-awaited Scudetto. Then, they couldn't even come close to maintaining their positions in Serie A (4th, and practically, if not for the punishment for Juventus, 5th place last season) - but they managed to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Rumors had it that the coach was required to reach the playoffs of this tournament this season as well. But they were only overtaken by Newcastle, losing the battle for 2nd place to PSG based on additional indicators. Now the fight will continue only in the Europa League. Additionally, losing 1-2 at home to Atalanta, the Rossoneri were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the cup. Despite rumors of potential successors, the coach's results in Serie A are saving him - only Inter and Juventus are stronger there. They also managed to snatch victory from Frosinone, turning 1-2 into 3-2 in the last 20 minutes.
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Napoli started to decline almost a year ago. But then the momentum created was enough to literally crawl to the long-awaited Scudetto. Understanding that the enthusiasm had been lost by the team, Luciano Spalletti announced in advance that he would leave his post, wanting to take a break. His successor, Rudi Garcia, predictably couldn't show solid stats after the summer break. As a result, a disappointed De Laurentiis sacked the Frenchman in autumn. The new coach became Mazzarri. Or rather, Walter returned to Naples, where he once achieved good results. But so far, he has had too many failures. Especially glaring was the 0-4 defeat at home to Frosinone - such an inglorious exit for the grand from the Cup. And even in Saudi Arabia, after defeating Fiorentina, they struggled and lost 0-1 to Inter - the latter retained the country's Super Cup. And, most importantly, the number of failures in Serie A only increased. They could have dropped points against Verona as well, but in the end, in the 87th minute, Hichem Kwarasey secured the final 2-1.
Last season, the teams exchanged home victories in Serie A, but after that, the Rossoneri defeated their compatriots in the Champions League quarter-finals (1-0, 1-1). In October, in the current season, they ended up with a spectacular draw 2-2 at the San Paolo. The Red and Blacks look more solid and play at their home ground. Here, we recommend betting that in this match, Stefano Pioli's team will be able to defeat their old rivals.
Prediction for the match: AC Milan to win.