AC Milan resumes title aim

AC Milan resumes title aim

AC Milan is aiming to inch closer for another title in the Champions League as they go against SSC Napoli, who dominates their domestic league. This will be the first leg of their quarter-finals series in the Champions League. These two teams are from the Serie A, and Napoli is sitting at the top of that league table. Milan on the other hand is at the fourth of Serie A, making this match more exciting. Moreover, this is the first time that these two teams will meet in the Champions League, despite meeting several times in Serie A. This meeting will be on April 13, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Milan playing as hosts.

Considering that these two teams are from the same domestic league, they are no longer new to each other. However, from the last 32 meetings they had across all competitions, it was the visitors who is at the advantage. The visitors won 13 of those last 32 matches, as opposed to the hosts’ eight wins. Moreover, looking at this format, it seems like it was the visitors who has the advantage here. They won all their last three away matches against the hosts across all competitions. As for the hosts, for the last nine home games they had, they only managed to win once, and are hopeful for a different result here.

AC Milan

Champions League: AC Milan
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AC Milan is sitting at the fourth spot of the Serie A league table, but even if they are at that spot, they failed to be the best they were. They failed to be as impressive as they were, which is why they cannot continue climbing in their league table. Moreover, Milan is coming from a goalless draw against Empoli, another reason why they are hungry to improve here. Milan is one of the teams who has more title wins in the Champions League with seven titles. With that, they are hoping to get a win in their first leg so they can be closer for another title. During their Champions League campaign, they were able to put a brilliant run. However, if they want another win, they need to fight with their inconsistencies to win this game.

Milan is fortunate that some of their key players are likely returning in this match. However, Pierre Kalulu is an expected miss in this match, due to his calf problem.

SSC Napoli

Champions League: SSC Napoli

Napoli on the other hand is the better team domestically, as they are at the top of the Serie A league table. This is not surprising though, as they have been excellent this season, a record they want to retain in the Champions League. Unlike their opponent, they are coming in this game from a 2-1 win against Lecce. This win gives them the confidence in this match, that they can win here. Considering their impressive record in the Serie A, they intend on bringing this form in Europe. Another reason why they are confident coming into this match is the fact that they are doing well against Milan on the road. With that, this format might work for their advantage.

Osimhen is unavailable in this match, following his thigh injury, but Simeone might also be unavailable here, after a knock on their last match.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: 0.92

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