Date: 29 January 2019
Time: 8:45 PM Milan, 2:45 PM Eastern, 7:45 PM UTC
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
All-time record: Milan v Napoli: Win-55 Draw-47 Loss-44 GF 204:167 GA
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There doesn’t appear to be very many changes to the squad list from the team that faced Napoli over the weekend in Serie A action, meaning that unless manager Gennaro Gattuso wants to rest some players, we’re bound to see an almost identical lineup.
The only change that might occur is to see Krzysztof Piatek get the starting nod at striker over Patrick Cutrone. Suso might also be rested, as he’s been carrying Milan on his back all season, with Samu Castillejo playing on the right wing instead.
The Serie A match over the weekend was a tight draw that featured both teams putting in good defensive performances and featuring a good goalkeeping performance from Gigio Donnarumma. Pepe Reina is out with an injury, meaning that Donnarumma will get a chance to play in a Coppa Italia match, and while Napoli couldn’t crack the Milan defense on Saturday, they have enough firepower to make life miserable for Milan today.
Can Milan get a win at home in the Coppa Italia over Napoli? Oh, it’s possible, although the club might be better served to focus on results in Serie A given the opportunity the team has to solidify their position in the top four. Of course, a good Cup run never hurt anyone, and it’s not as if the team has to worry about the Europa League right now.
So if a full strength Milan team is named, they could pull the upset, but if Napoli puts out their big guns and Milan start Andrea Bertolacci and Jose Mauri, then expect an exit at this stage of the Coppa.