Two Italian powerhouses are set to clash in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, with AC Milan holding a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
Despite dominating possession and creating more chances in the previous encounter, Napoli failed to convert their opportunities, resulting in AC Milan securing a crucial victory. Napoli's recent form has been concerning, having won only one of their last four games in April, losing twice to AC Milan. Although they are currently leading the league table by a considerable margin, they must produce a remarkable performance to progress to the semi-finals.
AC Milan, on the other hand, is enjoying a resurgence in form, having lost only one game in their last five outings and keeping a clean sheet in three of those matches. While they have struggled at home against Napoli in the past, they will rely on their solid defense, anchored by one of the world's best goalkeepers, Mike Maignan.
Napoli has been in imperious form this season, having scored the highest number of goals in the Champions League thus far (25). They are currently leading the Italian League by a significant margin, a testament to their relentless attacking prowess.
However, recent injuries to some of their top players will undoubtedly be a source of concern for the team. One player who will be crucial to the Blues' attacking ambitions in this fixture is Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Giovanni Simeone is expected to miss out due to injury. Victor Osimhen came as a substitute in the last game and might be fit just in time for this game
Predicted Lineup: Meret, Rui, Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Lobotka, Zielinksi, Lozano, Gaetano, Elmas / Victor Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.
AC Milan's recent form has been characterized by a sturdy defense, but a lack of creativity and goal-scoring prowess in the final third. While they have suffered only one defeat in their last five matches, they have managed to score just two goals in their last three outings.
Their passage to the quarter-finals was secured with an aggregate score of 1-0 against a Tottenham Hotspur side that has been experiencing a difficult season, highlighting the fact that AC Milan's inability to convert chances into goals is a pressing issue.
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to miss out due to injury.
Predicted Lineup: Maignan, Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez, Krunic, Tonali, Diaz, Leao, Bennacer, Giroud
Both teams find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they face off in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. It is a stage that few would have predicted for either of these clubs.
Napoli, in particular, have been a team to watch this season and are eager to add some continental success to their already impressive campaign, having already come close to winning the Serie A, with a 14-point lead over second-placed Lazio.
We anticipate Napoli to overturn the tie and emerge victorious by a narrow margin, despite facing a strong AC Milan defense. With their superior ball control and possession, Napoli is expected to take charge of the game right from the outset and dominate proceedings.