Mid-table Milan host lowly Crotone in the last round of Serie A action before the winter break.
If Gennaro Gattuso’s under-fire troops fail to get a result and results go against them elsewhere, the Rossoneri will fall further adrift and remain in the bottom half of the standings, a far cry from their ambitions of a top four spot.
Where and when: San Siro – 6 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Crotone: BT Sport, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Crotone took the lead through Diego Falcinelli but Gianluca Lapadula’s strike late on earned a 2-1 success.
Milan v Crotone Predictions and Preview
The Diavolo had a 2017 to forget and will hope to kick-off the New Year in a far more positive fashion. In the short space of time following his appointment as successor to Vincenzo Montella, Gattuso has already experienced the highs and lows, from the humiliating defeat against Verona to the recent Coppa Italia quarter-final achievement against the Nerazzurri.
This was some much needed respite, until Milan resumed their domestic exploits and reverted to their unpredictable selves once more in the 1-1 draw away at Fiorentina. With seven victories from 19 games, this is where Milan currently find themselves and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were to win, draw or indeed lose against Walter Zenga’s strugglers.
Milan are an attractive 5/1 to take the points and despite the problems on and off the pitch, should comfortably, provided they play to their potential. Hakan Calhanoglu, who came off the bench to secure a share of the spoils for his team in the previous outing, is pushing for inclusion from the start and is an appealing 17/1 to clinch the game’s final goal.
Visiting Coach Zenga is equally in need of the perfect start to 2018 with his squad in the relegation places. The former Sampdoria boss has been at the helm just shy of a month but can take confidence from running leaders Napoli close and if Crotone can offer a similar display they may surprise their storied opponents. The Rossoblu are 20/1 to come out on top.
One to watch for Milan: Following goals in Europe and the winner against rivals Inter, Patrick Cutrone has earned his opportunity to be a regular. The youngster is 5/1 to open the scoring.
One to watch for Crotone: Ante Budimir is his side’s leading marksman with four strikes and will be key to the Pitagorici’s latest survival mission. Budimir is 15/1 to score any time.
Long shot: Benevento are the only side in the division to ship more goals than Zenga’s men. Nevertheless, while Milan emerged victorious in this fixture last year, Crotone did open proceedings and are an ambitious 35/1 to triumph 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.