Both AC Milan and Napoli were able to claim well-earned draws in the Champions League during the week, but now these two giants of the Italian game will go head to head this weekend as Milan look to bounce back from their disappointing draw against Lazio on the opening game of the season.
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The Rossoneri looked in fine form as they took the lead against Barcelona before fighting their way back to claim a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, while Napoli will be satisfied with their work after securing a point away from home against Manchester City.
Now both sides will look to get their Serie A campaign up and running with a decent showing and three points against a fellow title rival, while also claiming bragging rights in this usually fiercely contested match up.
While Napoli marked their return to the big time last season by securing a Champions League spot, AC Milan have retained the upper hand in recent years and remain unbeaten in the last six meetings between the two sides, and ended Napoli’s title hopes with an impressive performance on their way to a 3-0 victory last time round.
In fact, Milan have proved to be something of a bogey side for the Partenipei over the years, and have picked up more wins at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo than any other Serie A team in the history of the league.
Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a real doubt for the game having been forced to sit out of the game against his old side during the week, meaning Pato will continue in attack alongside Antonio Cassano.
Napoli will be reliant upon attacking trio Edinson Cavani, Goran Pandev and Marek Hamsik to do most of the damage against their old foes, while veteran defender Paolo Cannavaro should start to keep things tight at the back.