For most of the current Serie A season it seemed like the Serie A title in Italy would come down to AC Milan or Napoli. But after dropping points in recent weeks, now both are playing catch-up behind leader Inter Milan. Awin in their head-to-head on Sundayis critical to keep up the chase.

AC Milan hosts struggling Napoli with the two teams just three points apart near the top of the table. Given Inter's current form, we could be looking back on this game as a title elimination contest. A draw wouldn't serve much for either.

Milan (2nd,39 points) seems to haveturned things around after a pair of November lo ses, although a disappointing draw Ervin Santana Jersey to 14th-placed Udinese last time out has complicated its title bid. Still, the Ro sonerisit just four points back of leaders Inter and would move to within a point with a win.


Napoli (4th, 36 points), meanwhile, will consider itstitle hopes hanging by a thread with seven points separating it from Inter Milan. The Partenopei's scudetto dreams are already teetering courtesy of three straight winle s matches, and a failure to gather all three points at the San Siro could begin to put a top four finish and Champions League qualification at risk.

Both teams will look to prove their early season blitz wasn't just a flash in the Blank Jersey pan. Each club in this contest started the league campaignwith 12 unbeaten, only to stumble at the same time to open the door for Inter. AC Milan has collected eight points out of 18 available in its last six matches, while Napoli has just five in that same span.

How to watch AC Milan vs. NapoliDate: Sunday, Dec. 19Time: 2:45p.m. ETTV channel: CBS Sports NetworkSpanish-language TV: None Streaming: , Paramount+

The match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, which is available to . Fans who are new to fuboTV .

In addition to being on CBSSN, the match will also be acce sible via the CBS platform Paramount+.

Thebroadcastwill include pregame and postgame shows with CBS talent on-site at the San Siro.


AC Milan vs. Napoli squad news

The home side has some injuries to contend with, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at theirMilanello Rod Carew Jersey training ground is to blame.

The most notable injury is to center backSimon Kjaer who tore his ACL against Genoa in early December and will mi s significant time. Ante Rebic has been out injured since mid-October with both ankle and thigh problems, and his return is unclear after only doing individual training.

AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud has continued to work on his own as he comes back from a muscle problem and he is expected to be ready for Kennys Vargas Jersey Napoli in a role off the bench. Three other players,Pietro Pellegri, Rafael Leao, and Davide Calabria, werealso training on the side this weekand left backTheo Hernandez may also bow out.

AC Milan predicted starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Maignan (GK) Fode Ballo Toure, Romagnoli, Tomori, Kevin MalcuitKe sie, Tonali Krunic, Diaz, Saelemaekers Ibrahimovic

Napoli talismanLorenzo Insigne returned from his brief calf injury last time out in the lo s to Empoli, coming off the bench.That match cost the club another injury to Piotr Zielinski. The Polish international was removed due to breathing problems, and while the club announced soon after the match that he has been given the all clear, it's po sible that Napoli bo sLuciano Spalletti will let him rest.

It's an injury crisis for Napoli. Forward Victor Osimhen is already out and now Lorenzo Insigne will have to skip the match.Defender Kalidou Koulibaly will also be mi sing at least through the winter break with a thigh injury. That leavesSerie A journeyman Juan Jesus as his replacement. In the two gameswithout Koulibaly, Napoli has conceded four goals, plus the late equalizer to Sa suolo when the Senegal Joe Mauer Jersey international had gone off injured. He willbea major lo s.

Napoli predicted starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ospina (GK) Di Lorenzo, Juan Jesus, Rrahmani, Kevin MalcuitDemme, Angui sa Elmas, Zielinski, PolitanoMertens

AC Milan vs. Napoli betting odds & prediction

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If losing Osimhen to injury was not difficult enough on the attack, the lo s of Koulibaly, as stated above, has been devastating to theNapoli defense, and against physical AC Milan attackers likeIbrahimovic, that couldbe a difference-maker.


Speaking of Zlatan, he's scored four goals in his last four Serie A appearances, and he scored a brace against Napoli last time he faced them, a 3-1 AC Milan victory in November of 2020. Playing in Napoli has been a house of horrors for AC Milan of late, but at home, it shouldn't bea problem against a visiting squad mi sing key pieces.

Pick: AC Milan to win & Paul Molitor Jersey both teams to score (+290)

Prediction: AC Milan 3-1 Napoli

Moneyline: AC Milan +125/ Draw +255/ Napoli +220Spread: AC Milan -0.5(+125)/ Napoli 0.5 (-140)O/U 2.5total goals: Over-115/ Under -105Both teams to score: Yes -150 / No +115

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