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Nov 23, 2019 at 5pm UK at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance: 61,658
AC Milan
FT(HT: 1-1)
Lozano (24')

Preview: AC Milan vs. Napoli - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews AC Milan's clash with Napoli in Serie A on Saturday, including a prediction, team news and predicted lineups.

AC Milan and Napoli meet in Serie A on Saturday at San Siro for a game that both sides desperately need to win.

The hosts find themselves in a lowly 14th place in the table, while Carlo Ancelotti's side have failed to win any of their last five games across all competitions.

Match preview

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma during the warm-up before the Serie A meeting with Udinese on April 2, 2019© Reuters

For a club that, just 10 years ago, boasted the likes of Ronaldinho, David Beckham and Andrea Pirlo, the current state of Milan represents a truly astonishing fall from grace.

The arrival of Stefano Pioli last month, which came after a run of four successive defeats, makes it eight managers that the club has appointed since sacking of Massimiliano Allegri in 2014.

While a new face often prompts an uptick in results, such has not been the case with Pioli's Milan, who have only managed one win from five games since the Italian entered the dugout.

That Milan have lost seven games already in Serie A this term, netting just 11 goals from 12 games, indicates how the problems go much deeper than the manager.

Indeed, as seen in their recent 1-0 defeat to Juventus, there remains plenty of fight in the ranks, but the lack of tangible style and collective organisation - especially in the final third - is a big concern.

Napoli's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal on November 5, 2019© Reuters

While Napoli's troubles are in no way comparable to that of their Milanese rivals, there is nonetheless a level of concern at the side's inability to consistently claim results this term.

At a time when Maurizio Sarri's Juventus, normally guaranteed to win the title, are themselves stuttering in their performances, Napoli are not taking advantage.

In 12 games so far this term, Napoli have drawn four times, often in instances where they should have won, such as a stalemate with Genoa last time out during which they conceded a worrying amount of possession.

There is a feeling among the Napoli faithful that, despite Ancelotti's renowned tactical acumen, the speed of their play in the final third does not match up with what supporters at the San Paolo Stadium have come to expect.

However, they will feel that the meeting with a confidence-sapped Milan side could serve as an opportunity to take proper control of a game from the start.

Recent AC Milan form: WDLWLL
Recent Napoli form: WDDLDD

Team News

Napoli's Faouzi Ghoulam in action during his side's Seri A clash with SPAL on September 23, 2017© Reuters

Milan have no major injuries ahead of this game and look set to opt for their strongest front three of Krzysztof Piatek, Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso.

However, the home side look set to be without Mateo Musacchio and Samuel Castillejo, with the latter recently picking up a thigh injury.

Napoli will be without experienced left-back Faouzi Ghoulam due to a bruised knee, while striker Arkadiusz Milik could also miss out with a bruised knee.

Ancelotti's only long term injury concern is Kevin Malcuit, whose knee ligament injury is expected to keep him out until April.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Conti, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bennacer, Bonaventura, Rebic; Calhanoglu, Suso, Piatek

Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Hysaj; Fabian, Zielinski, Insigne, Callejon; Mertens, Lozano

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We say: AC Milan 1-2 Napoli

Neither team looks particularly capable of claiming a victory at this moment in time and will most likely indulge in a cagey, unattractive game, but the visitors may ultimately capitalise on Milan's lack of imagination going forward and steal a winning goal.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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