Crotone vs AC Milan
2016/17 Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 30th April 2017
Kick-off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Ezio Scida (Crotone).
Where has Crotone been all season? That’s the questions fans and neutrals alike surely must be asking watching the sudden revival of the Serie A debutants.
The Squali, up until March 19th had won just three games all term and as such, were looking set for relegation. Meanwhile, Empoli, who had won just one game in 2017, were cruising along, despite losing a whopping seven in a row. However, during that time frame, Crotone’s three wins included a 4-1 drubbing of Empoli, and despite all of that, the Azzurri were still sitting pretty comfortably in 17th spot.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Davide Nicola’s side began to claw their way back. They lost 1-0 to Fiorentina, but pushed the Viola all the way to the end, and the revival started with a 2-1 win over Chievo, which marked their first ever away win in the top flight. Impressively, they followed that up with arguably one of the biggest shocks of the season by beating Inter 2-1 at the Stadio Ezio Scida, which was the first time they’ve won two on the trot. A 1-1 draw with Torino followed, and they now come into this game having earned another 2-1 victory, this time against Sampdoria.
Meanwhile, as Crotone have suddenly experienced an uptick in form, the Rossoneri ended dropping points against Empoli. They have yet to win a game since their new Chinese owners took over, after securing a 2-2 draw with Inter. Vincenzo Montella’s side are now in danger of totally missing out on European football, something that will be unthinkable as they have failed to grace either the Champions or Europa League for the past few seasons.
Inter and Fiorentina are battling them for that coveted final Europa League spot to join Lazio and Atalanta in Europe next season. Despite the wide gap between the two sides, Crotone will be fancying their chances after seeing how Milan managed to concede twice against an Empoli side who have the weakest attack in the division. Still, Milan have netted in their past eight away games and will exploit Crotone’s weak defense, which has seen them concede in all but one of their games this term.
Crotone vs AC Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- Milan have a record of W9-D6-L5 in their last 20 away games against teams ranked below them in the table.
- Crotone have gained more points in their last four games (10) than in the previous 18 (nine).
- The reverse fixture is one of the only two games Milan have won from a losing position this season.
- Crotone have scored seven goals in their last four games
Crotone vs AC Milan: Prediction
Crotone will be brimming with confidence as they chase a fifth straight game sans a loss. Even better, they are playing at home, where they defeated Milan’s cross-town rivals Inter and surely will want to do the same on Sunday. Although Milan managed to win the past two meetings, they nonetheless required extra time to beat Crotone in the Coppa Italia in 2015.
Milan will be wise not to take Crotone lightly. The Squali are in good form, and supported by their home crowd can certainly cause their share of problems for the visitors on Sunday.
Crotone vs AC Milan: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 4/6 (1.67).
Double Chance – Crotone to WIN or DRAW at 17/20 (1.85).