Our football match prediction:
Milan desperately needed a win against Empoli at the weekend, but they failed to get one. The Rossoneri suffered an upsetting loss to the relegation-threatened team at their Stadio San Siro, but Vincenzo Montella’s team still have good chances of booking their place in the Europa League. A top-six finish would guarantee them a place in European competitions, but it has to be noted that their fiercest rivals Inter are breathing down their neck. Milan face a must-win situation in Sunday’s football game against Crotone, but beating the in-form hosts is easier said than done. The Rossoblu recorded three wins in last four league fixtures and they will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Sampdoria when they welcome the Rossoneri at their Stadio Ezio Scida. Crotone have found their best form of late and seeing that they are five points behind the “safe zone”, we predict that they will claim a major scalp on Matchday 34.
Highlighted Player (Claiton):
Claiton Machado dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Serie A side Crotone. Claiton was born in Santa Helena de Goias on 7 September, 1984 and his main position in centre back. However, he is capable of playing as a left back if needed. The Brazilian defender began his youth career at Bologna, but Milan scouts brought him to Stadio San Siro in 2002. Claiton played for the likes of Varese, Bari and Chievo at senior level before joining Crotone in 2014 on a free transfer. He played for the likes of Prato and Lecco from 2004 to 2006 on loan as well. Claiton is a Brazilian footballer, but he has yet to make his debut for the national team. It has to be noted that he illegible to play for Italy as well. His contract with Crotone expires on 30 June, 2017. His market value in June, 2016 was €500,000.
Highlighted Team (AC Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies. Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina. Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks). The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.