After Inter Milan went top of the table after beating Salernitana on Friday, Napoli and AC Milan have the opportunity to become Serie A leaders once again when they meet in one of the most interesting matches of the Serie A season. The game will take place at the Stadio Armando Maradona in Naples, where the winning side will have a boost in the title race, jumping into sole possession of first. Napoli and AC Milan met on December 19th, with Napoli winning 1-0, and both are currently tied in second. Napoli are coming off a 2-1 road win against Lazio while AC Milan have drawn three matches in a row. Here's what you need to know:
Date: Sunday, Mar. 6 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona -- Naples, Italy
Live stream: Paramount+
Odds: Napoli +109; Draw +225; AC Milan +275 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Napoli: Luciano Spalletti has the opportunity to be back at the top of the Serie A table, and confidence is high.
"Who is better? I do not know. The match will tell us ... We are at the top of our possibilities to play. My feelings are good. I do not know about the others, but they cannot be more motivated than us", he said during the pre-match press conference.
Napoli have gained the most points in the second part of the current Serie A season (18 points in eight games), while Milan rank fourth in this period (15 points from eight games). The Azzurri started the season with eight wins in the first eight games, followed by the Rossoneri in the standings (seven wins, one draw).
AC Milan: Stefano Pioli can count again on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who's back after more than forty days out. The Swedish striker is unlikely to be part of the starting eleven, but he's available. Milan won their last away match in Napoli (3-1 in 2020) but have not strung together two wins in a row at the Azzurri's home ground in Serie A since 1981. The Rossoneri have drawn their last two games in the league but haven't drawn three in a row in Serie A since September 2018, with Gennaro Gattuso as coach (three draws against Cagliari, Atalanta and Empoli).
We all expect a game full of chances and with the two teams that will try everything to beat the opponent to become the main Serie A contender, jumping Inter Milan. The day finishes with three teams level on 58 points. Pick: 2-2