Crotone vs AC Milan
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Ezio Scida (Crotone).
So, Crotone managed to survive the drop! It was a very exciting debut season for the Squali, who against all odds made their first ever top flight season a second one. It took until the final match-day, but they managed to do it and they thoroughly deserved it as Empoli’s complacency came back to haunt them. The Azzurri ended up joining Palermo and Pescara in the bottom three, and now they begin their sophomore term with a home fixture against AC Milan.
The Rossoneri, meanwhile, come into this fixture having crushed Eastern European outfit Shkëndija 6-0. They are well into the group stages of the Europa League after finishing into sixth place. AC Milan, now under new Chinese ownership really splashed the cash this summer, bringing in players like Leonardo Bonucci, Franck Kessie, Andre Silva, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, and more in a quest to bring them back to the forefront of not just Italian football, but Europe. There have been concerns about whether they are violating FFP regulations, but that’s another story for another time.
Having struggled in prior seasons, the pressure is on. Vincenzo Montella’s men are expected to make a serious run for a top four spot, which would guarantee them a Champions League football spot, and with some of the names they have signed, to perhaps even make a run for a Scudetto push, too. However, Crotone are no pushovers, as they showed last season.
Crotone vs AC Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- AC Milan are unbeaten in their three meetings with Crotone. Two of which came in last season’s Serie A, finishing in a 3-1 home win and 1-1 away draw.
Crotone vs AC Milan: Prediction
Crotone will be brimming with confidence after securing top flight status. Whilst AC Milan crushed their Europa League opponents, Crotone will be much tougher than their Eastern European opponents, who were 3-0 down at halftime and were thoroughly embarrassed and humiliated at the Stadio San Siro. That being said, the visiting Diavolo should be able to earn all three points on their trip to Sicily – albeit it will not be as easy as they may think and they obviously will not take this too lightly.
Crotone vs AC Milan: Betting tips
Under 2.5 goals at 43/40 (2.08)
Milan to WIN at 4/7 (1.57)