Crotone vs Inter by Enzo
After eight rounds without a victory and three consecutive matches without a goal scored, also just one goal scored during those eight, Crotone managed to surprise a lot last Sunday evening as the team took only three points in away game against Chievo with a 1:2 score.
They turned very competitive and looked rather resilient in the offense, but the game only got interesting in the second halftime when the visiting team took the lead in 51st minute via Ferrari. Even though Chievo responded via Pellisisier just few moments later, visitors risked more towards the end and got rewarded for their fighting spirit with a goal from Falcinelli in 82nd minute. The team is now five points behind safely placed Empoli and needs a victory here badly.
Crotone should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Trotta and Falcinelli as strikers. Striker Diego Falcinelli had some problems and might not be involved for all ninety minutes, with Aleksandar Tonev ready to replace him.
Inter, on the other side, played relatively fine in the previous game on Monday evening and probably deserved more than a 1:2 defeat in front of own fans against Sampdoria, but goals are what is being counted. However, they started the game well, taking the lead in 35th minute via D'Ambrosio, but the visiting side replied in the second halftime.
Visitors leveled up the result from an offside position in 50th minute when Schick scored a goal, while the winner came from a penalty kick in 85th taken by Quagliarella. Inter didn't look weaker than the opponent, but lack of concentration regarding the final effort cost them too much this time. The team continues to be at the sixth position, being now three points behind fifth placed Atalanta and with nine less than Champions League placed Napoli being in a must win situation for this one.
Visitors from Milan will be playing with Icardi as striker, plus Perisic and Banega as offensive midfielders behind him. Midfielder Roberto Gagliardini is doubtful for this one since he twisted his ankle, with Marcelo Brozovic surely replacing him if needed.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Inter's last 5 games (Serie A).
After their victory away from home to Chievo, Crotone again has something to play for as they are five points below the safe zone and I expect that the hosts will be very attacking here. Knowing that they can't afford to defend only, I see this match being very interesting one surely with more than just a couple of goals as Inter also seeks improvement after previous defeat.