Exclusive: James Richardson previews AC Milan v Napoli

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Serie 'A' expert and football presenter James Richardson believes it could be a difficult evening for AC Milan when they host table-topping Napoli on Sunday night.

The clash, which will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport, pits two of the country's top teams together, and Richardson says if the game was decided on paper, there would only be one winner.

He said: "Well on paper it looks like being a pretty one-sided affair with the way the teams have started out this season.

"You never know what is going to happen though. Inter took on Juve last season at a time where they looked an utter shambles and they managed to beat Juve 3-1. So things like that can happen.

"There's something in Milan's DNA that you think on a night like this one they could still come up with something. On paper it should be a complete an utter hammering from Napoli."

Rafael Benitez's side have taken maximum points from their three league encounters thus far, whilst Milan have endured a somewhat subdued opening to their campaign, taking four points from their three matches.

In their most recent outing, Massimiliano Allegri's side found themselves two goals down away at Torino with only four minutes to play, but they somehow rescued a point with a stunning comeback as Sulley Muntari and then Mario Balotelli scored in the dying stages.

However, the result did come at a cost for Milan as they suffered injuries to key players, and Richardson feels this could be a deciding factor in deciding the outcome of Sunday's match.

"Their injury list got even worse [at the weekend]. They've lost all three midfield string pullers in [Ricardo] Montolivo, [Andrea] Poli and Kaka and the likes of Balotelli and Matri are going to have quite lonely evenings I think," Richardson said.

"I don't know how much Milan are going to create in the game. Napoli will probably be imposing their style of play, and Milan are probably going to defend and dig deep.

"But Milan don't have the players to do that. They're not a team that can particularly dig deep and mount a classic Italian defence. 

"It might be that they get a couple of lucky chances and a Balotelli or a Robinho might be on form, but by an large it's hard to know where they are going to exploit Napoli's weaknesses. I really don't see how Milan are going to hurt Napoli."

Watch BT Sport’s exclusively live coverage of AC Milan v Napoli on BT Sport 2 from 7.30pm on Sunday 22 September. Build up to the big game with Sunday Night Football, which covers the game across the continent, from 6.45pm on BT Sport 1 on Sunday 22 September.

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