Crotone vs Juventus
Italy – Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Stadio Ezio Scida (Crotone).
Crotone are in a very difficult situation after they suffered fourth loss in last five league outings. The narrow loss to Genoa on Saturday at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris instantly dropped Pitagorici nack into the relegation zone. They desperately need points, but getting some against the table-toppers will be almost like a mission impossible for Walter Zenga and his men.
Juventus will come into the game off the back of a confident 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Even though Massimiliano Allegro rested some of his main players, Bianconeri showed the gulf in quality in a straightforward affair at Allianz Stadium. In Higuain’s absence, goals came from Mario Mandzukic, Benedikt Howedes and Sami Khedira. The Croatian striker thus backed up his fine display from Santiago Bernabeu where he notched two past the European champions Real Madrid.
Juve are now six points clear off Napoli and they now only need to pass the finish line to lift another Scudetto at the end of the season.
Crotone vs Juventus: Head-to-head
Crotone have never been a tricky opposition to Juventus who won each of last five head to head meetings by two or more goals difference.
Furthermore, Pitagorici did not score a single goal in these five outings, having shipped as many as 16 in the process.
Bianconeri took a demolishing 3-0 victory when the teams met in this term of Serie A, back in late-November last year in Turin.
Crotone vs Juventus: Prediction
Juve scored ten goals in last three Serie A outings and we can only expect the continuation of such brilliant attacking form when they take on the relegation strugglers here. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala are expected to make the starting lineup, while the only concern is Miralem Pjanic who suffered an injury in the weekend’s win over Sampdoria.
Pitagorici scored just two goals in last five league matches. They are now up against league’s best defensive line and we can hardly see them on the scoreline here. In all, it should really be a one-sided affair from the very first whistle and we’ll back Juve to win by two or more goals as well as Bianconeri to keep a clean sheet as main betting options.
Crotone vs Juventus: Bet Tips
Juventus -1.5 handicap @ 2.10
Juventus to keep a clean sheet @ 1.66