​There might not be anything crazier going on in football than the situation in Naples at the moment.

From poor form to boycotting retreats, from fan protests to players being the subject of crime, it's been a wild couple of weeks for Napoli and it's fair to say that Carlo Ancelotti could do with a win in order to ease some of the pressure off his shoulders.

Prior to the break, I Partenopei had failed to win their last five games, leaving them in seventh in Serie A and already 12 points off Inter in second. Despite it only being November, it looks like any Scudetto challenge from Ancelotti's men is over before it even began.

Stefano Pioli

Fortunately for them, Milan haven't fared much better, as Stefano Pioli has failed to reinvigorate this talented squad after the swift sacking of Marco Giampaolo at the start of October.

Rossoneri have won just one of their last five Serie A encounters - which came against 19th place SPAL - leaving them in 14th and only four points off the relegation zone.

Saturday's clash is an intriguing one and to ensure you're Milan-Napoli knowledge is up to scratch, check out a few of the stats that have kindly been provided to us by the good people at Opta. 

Napoli – and It's Not Even Close

Dries Mertens

The Naples club have dominated this fixture in recent years, losing just one of their last 16 matches against Milan in Serie A (W9 D6): a 0-2 defeat in December 2014, while Milan were managed by Filippo Inzaghi -  what a tenure that was.

Milan's home form has also been poor against Napoli - I Rossoneri winning none of the last four matches at San Siro against Napoli in the Serie A (D2 L2): their longest winless streak on home soil against I Partenopei since the 1980s.

Time to Panic?


Yes Milan fans, yes it is.

They've lost seven of their opening 12 matches in a Serie A season for the first time since 1941/42. However, Milan have never lost eight of their first 13 matches in the league. So, a potential good omen coming into this one.

Their home form this season has been treacherous as well, coming up short in three of their last five home games in the league (W1 D1) - that's as many defeats as they had sustained in their previous 22 (W15 D4).

Carlo's On the Hot Seat

Carlo Ancelotti

After guiding Napoli to a comfortable second place in Serie A last season, Ancelotti has failed to get the best out of his players early on in this campaign.

The visitors are winless in their last five games in all competitions (D4 L1), their worst streak since February 2016 – the Partenopei last went six matches without a victory in March 2013 (run of seven).

You're Both as Bad as Each Other

AC Milan v SSC Napoli - Coppa Italia

Napoli (19 points) and Milan (13) will face each other on matchday 13 with a combined 32 points. Since Napoli’s return to Serie A back in 2007/08, this is the lowest combined points tally between the two sides after 12 matches in the league.

And compared to last season, both sides have significantly smaller points tallies at this stage: Napoli - nine points fewer and Milan eight points down.

Natural Born Goalscorer

Krzysztof Piatek

Krzysztof Piatek could make his 50th Serie A appearance on Saturday - the Polish striker has scored 12 goals in 30 games for Milan, having netted 13 goals in his first 19 appearances in the competition with Genoa (shot conversion rate - 16.2% with the Rossoneri and 16.9% with the Rossoblù).

Lorenzo's Time to Feast

Lorenzo Insigne,Manuel Locatelli

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has scored six goals against Milan in Serie A, against no side has he scored more - only Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (eight) and Juventus' Paulo Dybala (seven) have netted more against I Rossoneri among the players currently in the competition.

So, if there is one man to get Ancelotti out of the smelly brown stuff, Insigne is the guy on this occasion.