AC Milan will be looking to build on their winning start to the new Serie A campaign when they travel to Crotone on Sunday at 5pm.
Stefano Piolo’s men opened the 2020/21 campaign with a 2-0 win over Bologna on Monday night, thanks to a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will fancy their chances against newly-promoted Crotone this weekend.
The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their last 13 Serie A matches against newly-promoted sides, last losing against Benevento in April 2018, while they are also without defeat in their four top-flight games against Crotone.
Crotone also suffered a heavy defeat in their return to Serie A last weakened, losing 4-1 to Genoa, a game which saw them thoroughly outclassed by their hosts. Can they pull off a surprise on Sunday, or will Milan continue their winning start?
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Crotone & AC Milan’s previous line-ups:
- Crotone (vs Genoa): Cordaz; Magallan, Golemic, Marrone; Molina, Zanellato, Cigarini, Mazzotta; Messias; Riviere*, Simy.
- AC Milan (vs FC Bodo/Glimt): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessie; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Saelemaekers; Colombo.
AC Milan are with without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the trip to Crotone and Ante Rebic could replace him at the head of Milan’s attack, though Lorenzo Colombo may retain his place.
Emmanuel Riviere faces a late fitness test for the hosts after picking up an injury in last week’s defeat to Genoa.
Players to watch:
Crotone: Luca Cigarini. With Emmanuel Riviere potentially out injured, Crotone could miss their only goalscorer from last weekend’s defeat, so will need to look elsewhere if they are to beat Milan. While their strikers may back themselves to do the job, one man who could also hurt the Rossoneri is Cigarini. The 34-year-old defensive midfielder is set to play his 350th Serie A game on Sunday, having represented the likes of Atalanta, Parma and Napoli in the top flight. During his time across six different clubs in Serie A (including Crotone, whom he joined this month) Cigarini has scored twice against AC Milan. This might not seem like much, but it is his joint-best record against a club in Serie A, also scoring twice against Inter Milan. Should he not score, Cigarini will still be very important for the hosts in keeping the midfield tight against an exciting Milan attack.
AC Milan: Hakan Calhanoglu. While Crotone could be without their goalscorer from the previous Serie A outing, Milan definitely are, but against Bodo/Glimt on Thursday, Calhanoglu stood up. The Turkish attacking midfielder scored twice as Milan came from behind, equalising almost instantly before putting his side in control with their third just after half-time. And he will be hoping for a similar impact on Sunday. Widely known for his set-piece abilities, Calhanoglu scored two goals from direct free-kicks in Serie A last season, second only to Aleksandar Kolarov. He also added another six from open play, taking his total tally to nine, only bettered by Rebic and Ibrahimovic among his Milan team-mates. Rebic is likely to lead the line and take most of the goalscoring responsibilities, but Calhanoglu certainly makes for talented support.