Top meets bottom in Serie A as Milan face Crotone. The Calabrians are only three points from safety but have lost 14 of their first 20 games and have not kept a clean sheet since the middle of December. Elsewhere, the mood in the home dressing room is happier after getting back to winning ways in the previous gameweek.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 7 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Crotone: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Franck Kessie and Brahim Diaz were on the scoresheet.
Milan v Crotone Predictions and Preview
Stefano Pioli will be relieved to have a near full fit squad to choose from. The Rossoneri have been decimated by injuries to key personnel since the turn of the year and only Simon Kjaer will be missing from the starting eleven.
Ismael Bennacer, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ante Rebic are fit and were instrumental in the first-half of the season. Calhanoglu will be flanked by Rebic and Rafael Leao and with mouthwatering clashes against Inter, Roma and Napoli on the horizon, the game with Crotone, while treated with the upmost respect, will be a good opportunity to recalibrate the Milan attack.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Kessie to score first||6/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||10/3||Offer|
Calhanoglu is finally close to penning a new contract and is 8/5 to net anytime. Rebic, who struck in the 2-1 triumph over Bologna, is 15/4 and the Croatian has been a huge success since joining in September 2019.
Leao deputised through the middle during Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s eight-week spell on the treatment table and is 9/2 to break the deadlock. The starlet has already matched his haul from last term and has showed great maturity when leading the line.
Ibrahimovic is 21/10 to open proceedings and add to his 12-goal tally. The talisman has support from new recruit Mario Mandzukic who is 4/1 to get the final effort. The Rossoneri are 1/4 to see off their visitors and a stalemate is 11/2.
Travelling party Crotone brought in Samuel Di Carmine on a short-term loan from Verona. The well-travelled forward will partner Simy upfront as the Calabrians battle to avoid the drop. The Florence native is 3/1 to register anytime, while Simy can be found at 12/5.
The Pitagorici number 25 averages one in three in Serie A and will have no shortage of suitors if Crotone fail to retain their top flight status. The giant striker scored on home soil in the meetings with Juventus and Atalanta and will be a handful for Alessio Romagnoli. The strugglers are 14/1 to come away with the spoils.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has nine goal involvements from 21 appearances and has been one of the Rossoneri’s standout performers since his arrival 19 months ago. The flying full-back is 15/4 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Crotone: Junior Messias is likely to have his suitors if the Calabrians are demoted to the second tier. The Brazilian adds much needed creativity and stardust, and is 13/2 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Bologna gave the Rossoneri all sorts of problems in Emilia-Romagna and were unlucky not to claim a draw. Milan have led the way for the majority of the campaign but now Juventus are belatedly climbing the standings, there is increased pressure on Pioli’s troops to claim victory. There is not the same expectation in this fixture for Crotone and a shock 1-0 away result is 40/1.