Preview - Inter Milan vs Crotone 4th Feb 2018

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Match Day 23
Inter Milan vs Crotone
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
3:45 am
Stadium: San Siro (Milan)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: D D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (18)

Crotone:
Last five matches form: D W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Ante Budimir (4)

It is a good time for Crotone to play Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri are in terrible form. Inter are winless in their last seven matches. However, things aren't exactly going smoothly for Crotone as they are only two points above the relegation zone.

Inter Milan have drawn four straight matches, including conceding a last minute goal to SPAL last weekend to draw 1-1. Inter know they must turn their fortunes quickly if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Crotone, on the other hand, are fighting to remain in Serie A for next season. Goals seem to come few and far between for the Calibrians, as they have only managed to score nine goals in eleven matches away from home (and only 17 total in 22 matches). Their defence is quite leaky too; they have conceded 39 goals so far this year.

Mauro Icardi is key for Inter in this match. He has only scored two goals in his last nine appearances. Inter Milan are largely dependent on the Argentine as he has scored almost half their goals this season. Inter hope that their captain finally wakes up from his goal-scoring slumber so they can start racking up wins again.

Even with their current struggles, Inter should be able to put at least one past Crotone and hold on for the win.

Prediction: Inter Milan 1-0 Crotone

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Inter Milan sorely missed their captain and leading goal scorer Mauro Icardi as they drew 1-1 versus lowly Crotone at the San Siro.

Inter now make it four 1-1 draws in a row and are winless in their last eight matches. Luciano Spaletti must snap his men out of this rut if they want to play Champions League football next season.

The match got off to a dull start, with neither team creating much. That all changed in the 23rd minute when Eder headed a Marcelo Brozovic corner kick off the head of a Crotone defender and into the back of the net. This was the Brazilian-Italian's first start in Serie A this year, this was a great way to celebrate the occasion.

Even after the goal, Inter Milan failed to take control of the game. At halftime, Crotone was still hanging on as neither side had many opportunities.

Crotone would see lady luck smile on them in the 60th minute. After a couple of bounces in the penalty area, Andrea Barberis pounced when the ball broke towards him near the penalty spot and stabbed it home. The Crotone goal left Inter discombobulated. In the following ten minutes Crotone created several chances, but failed to capitalize.

Inter finally had another opportunity in the 70th minute when Danilo D'Ambrosio squared a ball in the box for Ivan Perisic, but the Croatian blasted the ball high and wide.

A minute later it would be D'Ambrosio trying his luck from distance. The shot was deflected in its trajectory towards goal but goalkeeper Alex Cordaz managed to adjust and make the save.

Ivan Perisic would have another opportunity in the 80th minute but once again missed badly. It was not in the stars for him or Inter.

Two minutes from time, on-loan midfielder Rafinha tried to curl a shot in from long range but Cordaz made a fantastic save and parried the ball away.

Perisic would receive a final opportunity to be the hero in stoppage time, but once again he shot wide.

Inter cannot be comfortable with their position right now. They hold only a four point lead on Roma, who can shorten that to one point with a win tomorrow. The fight for the final Champions League qualification will come down to the wire. Crotone are still in the safety zone, but are only three points ahead of SPAL, their fight for safety will also come down to the wire.

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