AC Milan Vs Napoli: Watch Live Streaming Of Italian Serie A [PREVIEW]
AC Milan host Napoli in Serie A Sunday, a fixture crucial in the race for second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League. Kick-off is at 2:45 p.m. EDT and the game can be streamed online (at user's risk). A repeat telecast is available on beIN sport at 5 p.m. EDT
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Despite winning their last three games, Napoli have lost touch with leaders Juventus. They lie nine points behind the Old Lady with only seven games remaining. Walter Mazzari's team now hopes to consolidate the second place with AC Milan creeping up behind them. Milan are four points behind in third, a gap that could be reduced to one if they win Sunday. However, if Napoli can manufacture a win, the gap would be enlarged to seven points, almost guaranteeing second for the Southern Italy team.
As with most weeks, AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been making headlines. The former Manchester City player will miss the game as part of a three game suspension. In Milan's last fixture, a 2-2 draw with Fiorentina, Balotelli picked up a yellow card and with it a one game suspension. The ban was increased by two games in response to Balotelli abusing a match official after the final whistle. His anger was prompted by racist abuse directed towards him from Fiorentina fans'. Milan, considering the above circumstances, will appeal the suspension.
On the train ride back to Milan, Balotelli was caught smoking in the toilet and faces a fine for that transgression as well. Due to the yellow card ban, he will still be out for this game regardless of the success of the appeal. Giampaolo Pazzini is likely to take his place, partnering Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng in attack.
Napoli have a full squad to choose from and will be hoping to continue their form to secure second in the table. Midfielder Valon Behrami, who should start the game, underlined the importance of continuing to win to secure automatic qualification for the Champions League.
"Our only regret is that we are out of the title race," Behrami said. "We could get closer to Juve but now we are only focused on qualifying directly for the Champions League by beating Milan at San Siro. It would be an extraordinary achievement and it would allow the club to plan more confidently for the future."
If Napoli win, they secure second. If Milan win, second place is up for grabs. The stakes involved make Sunday an exciting contest.