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Napoli-Milan Preview: Will form matter? Will Insigne make the difference?

Milan can make a statement with a positive performance against Napoli.

MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 03:  Patrick Cutrone of AC Milan (C) celebrates his goal with his team-mate Franck Kessie (R) during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg match between AC Milan and CSU Craiova at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 3, 2017 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Serie A returns this weekend with a couple of packed matches. The Rome derby will be an interesting one, and it is really great to see both sides pushing to the top after what seems like ages. However, the most interesting occasion will be when Milan will be hosted by the current leaders, Napoli in San Paolo. Only twice, so far this season, have Napoli dropped points in Serie A.

The international break is over and the leaders would like to continue good performance and staying ahead of the Bianconeri (1 point lead only at this moment). Lorenzo Insigne will be desperate to make the most of the stage after getting snubbed in Italy’s qualifier against Sweden.

Lorenzo Insigne

Milan, sitting 10th on the table, after a stupendous summer, would like to get back to the winning ways. So far, the season has been a disaster for us.

Napoli is 13 points clear of Milan but their recent form haven’t been a lot better than Milan either. Across all competitions in the last 6 matches, Milan have won twice, drew three times and lost once. Whereas, Napoli have won two, drew two and lost two securing only 8 points out of possible 18. Milan have secured, 9 out of 18. So the recent form hasn’t been very different although one may argue that Napoli have faced Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City away and home in that period where Milan have hosted and travelled to Greece to face Athens.

Well most the world will write Milan off and tip Napoli for the win, and deservedly so too, but its football and upsets have happened before. So I wouldn’t rule out a 2-1 win in San Paolo at all. Will Montella’s men will cause an upset? We will know for sure on Sunday.