Inter Milan vs Crotone : Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, And Prediction
Inter Milan has blown their lead at the top of the league table with a series of dismaying results in recent weeks.
Crotone travel to Milan on Saturday to take on Inter Milan for the round 23 of Serie A. The match starts at 07:45 GMT on 3 February and the venue for the match is San Siro.
Inter Milan have drawn all of their last four league games and haven’t found a victory in last seven occasions across all competitions. They sit in the fourth position, 13 points behind league leaders Napoli and are at risk of losing their Champions League spot to Roma, who sit fifth just three points behind them.
Crotone are fighting for their life in Serie A; they sit in 17th position just two points clear off the relegation zone.
Inter’s disappointing league run continued, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the freshly promoted side SPAL. Having held firm in the first half, SPAL made a horrendous start in the second period, as Vicari saw his attempted chip over his own crossbar touch the back of the net and Inter went 1-0 up.
Inter Milan must have thought that their search for a win ended, but Paloschi headed home a neat cross from Antenucci in the dying minutes of the game, to give the side from Ferrara a much-needed point.
Crotone shared a point with Cagliari in their last league fixture. Marcelo Trotta converted from the spot to make it 1-0 for Crotone in the 29th minute. Cagliari went down to 10-men in the stoppage time of first half, after he was shown a direct red card following a video replay.
Luca Cigarini stunned the home crowd late in the first half, as his stoppage-time free-kick leveled the game for the visitors. No team could find a winner in the second half; Crotone saw a goal ruled out as offside after a VAR review and the game ended 1-1.
Inter will be looking to bounce back from a series of losses and draws. They have collected just five points from their last seven league games (D5 L2).
Crotone are on the back of even a worse run of form, as they have won just two of their last eleven games across all competitions (D1 L8).
Inter won the reverse fixture of this league tie by a 2-0 margin. It took 82 minutes for the Nerrazzuri to break the deadlock through Skriniar. The Croatian winger Ivan Perisic ensured the victory for the away side in the dying minutes of the game.
Joao Mario set him up with a simple pass at the edge of the 18-yard box, and his low shot deflected past Cordaz, as Inter got the all-important three points.
After they got promoted to Serie A last year, Crotone have won only one of their three meetings with Inter, a 2-1 win at home back in April 2017.
Luciano Spalletti’s men have no any notable injuries heading to this match. The Italian has a full squad at his disposal and will be hoping to end their search for a win.
Walter Zenga, the former goalkeeper of Inter Milan, will be without Mario Sampirisi, who is out with a broken cheekbone.
Marco Tumminello is still sidelined with a Cruciate Ligament injury and isn’t expected back before March.
Inter vs Crotone Lineups (Predicted XI)
Inter Milan Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Ambrosio (LB), Miranda (CB), Skriniar (CB), Cancelo (RB)
Valero (CDM), Vecino (CDM)
Perisic (LWF), Brozovic (CAM), Candreva (RWF)
Crotone Lineup (4-3-3)
Faraoni (RB), Ceccherini (CB), Capuano (CB), Martella (LB)
Barberis (CM), Mandragora (CDM), Benali (CM)
Ricci (RWF), Trotta (CF), Stoian (LWF)
Inter Milan vs Crotone Prediction
Despite being in a below-par form as of late, Inter are a side to fear especially given they possess some brilliant attacking minds. This is a great opportunity for the Nerazzurri to bounce back to winning ways and as the Giallorossi are just three points behind them, they can’t afford to lose points.
Crotone should try to salvage at least a point from this difficult clash, so as to maintain some distance with the bottom three.
Our Prediction: 2-1 win for Inter Milan