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Match Preview: Crotone vs AC Milan

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Crotone host AC Milan at the Stadio Ezio Scida looking to create a major upset on the opening day of the Italian Serie A 2017-18 campaign.

AC Milan will be without injured midfielder Lucas Biglia when they travel to Crotone for their season opener on Super Sunday.

AC Milan will begin the new Serie A campaign at Stadio Ezio Scida where they are going to play previous season’s newcomer Crotone this Sunday.

Crotone managed to avoid relegation last season by finishing just one place above the drop zone. On the other hand, AC Milan enjoyed their highest finish in the league since the 2013-14 season, as manager Vincenzo Montella guided the club to a sixth place finish after picking up 63 points.

Match Details :-

Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017 // Monday, 21 August 2017 in India, China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Kick-Off: 18:45 ( GMT ) // 19:45 ( CET ) // 00:15 ( IST )
Venue: Stadio Ezio Scida (Crotone)
TV Broadcast : Fubo TV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A (USA), BT Sport Extra (UK)
Live Stream: www.timesoccer.com, www.vipboxtv.me, livesoccertv.com

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Team News :-

Crotone : Crotone were one of the favourites for a drop in the previous edition of Serie A – which was their debut season too – but the Gli Squali hung on to the end to make their first ever top flight season a second one. It took until the final match-day, but they managed to do it and they thoroughly deserved it as Empoli’s complacency came back to haunt them. Empoli ended up joining Palermo and Pescara in the bottom three, and now Crotone begin their sophomore term with a home fixture against AC Milan.

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The hosts can take confidence from the fact that they lost nine times in the league at home last season, but they were never beaten by more than two goals at their own ground.

Davide Nicola will have a fully-fit squad at his disposal when the I Rossoblu lock horns with AC Milan.

AC Milan : AC Milan had been making all the right noises since the opening of the summer transfer window, as Milan’s transfer business has caught plenty of attention this summer. They bought well very early on, but bringing in Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus showed they meant business.

The Rossoneri, who come into this fixture having crushed Eastern European outfit Shkëndija 6-0, are well into the group stages of the Europa League after finishing into sixth place. AC Milan, now under new Chinese ownership really splashed the cash this summer, bringing in players like Leonardo Bonucci, Franck Kessie, Andre Silva, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, and more in a quest to bring them back to the forefront of not just Italian football, but Europe.

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They have not only bought new players but also retained their trustworthy players. After a series of meetings, the Milan officals finally managed to convince ‘keeper Donnarumma to stay at AC Milan.

Milan have lined up a deal for Nicola Kalinic to solve their last remaining issue. While they now have an excellent defence and plenty of options in midfield, they are a little short up top. The signing of Fabio Borini doesn’t make sense to us, while they can’t rely on Andre Silva alone. The Portuguese forward is a talented finisher, but he tailed off in Portugal last term after a great start. While he was far from his best at the Confederations Cup last term, he has started this season well. He netted 2 times in Milan’s 6-0 victory over Shkëndija on Tuesday.

With their summer spending spree all set to stretch on, Milan are expected to clinch a top 4 finish – which would guarantee them a Champions League football spot – as well as challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.

AC Milan are all set to miss the services of Lucas Biglia and Alessio Romagnoli against Crotone.

Likely Line-ups :-

Crotone :- Cordaz; Martella, Cabrera, Ceccherini, Faraoni; Stoian, Barberis, Izco, Rohden; Budimir, Tonev.
AC Milan :- Donnarumma; R. Rodriguez, Musacchio, Bonucci, Conti; Calhanoglu, Montolivo, Kessie; Borini, A. Silva, Suso.