Match Preview: Milan-Crotone, 07-02-2021

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

The important victory in Bologna gave back some confidence to Pioli’s guys, who arrived to the game after two bad losses. The Rossoneri now have a good chance to maintain this mood and gain three points in order to respond to Inter’s victory in Florence.

Milan and Crotone have faced each other six times in their history, five times in Serie A and one in Coppa Italia. The Rossoneri won five games and drew one in 2016/17, and kept a clean sheet in the last three.

Milan, with 46 points in 20 games, have so far a points average of 2.30 per game, and they finished a season with an higher average only two times in their history, in 2003/04 (2.41) and in 2005/06 (2.31). Crotone are occupying the last position on the table with 12 points; the calabresi gained only 2 points in their 10 away games this season. In the Serie A history only one team didn’t relegate after 12 or less points in 20 games: Crotone in 2016/17.

Good news for Pioli, who can finally have almost the full team available for the next games. Only Kjaer and Diaz are out. The Danish defender will be out for at least 10 days and he’s aiming to be back for the Derby; the Spaniard needs more time to recover and he won’t be back for 2/3 weeks. After the 30 minutes played against Bologna, Bennacer will be on the midfield from the first minute, alongside Kessie. The Ivorian equalised his record of goals in a season, 7, dated back in 2018/19 and has already scored two times against Crotone in his career. Milan will have back one of his most important players, Calhanoglu, who missed the last games due to the Coronavirus. The attack will be completed by Saelemaekers on the right, probably Leao on the left instead of Rebic, and Ibrahimovic, who is only one goal away from his 500th career goal.

On the other side, the former Rossonero Stroppa has to face the absence of probably the best Crotone’s player, Messias, who is suspended and will be replaced by Di Carmine; Riviere is going to be the other striker instead of Simy, who will start from the beach like Ounas, the newcomer from Cagliari (loan from Napoli).

Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessié, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Leao; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli

Crotone lineup (3-5-2): Cordaz; Magallan, Marrone, Golemic; Rispoli, Vulic, Zanellato, Benali, Reca; Di Carmine, Riviere. Coach: Stroppa

Referee: Pairetto