Crotone vs Sampdoria
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 27 November 2016
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Ezio Scida (Crotone).
Sampdoria will hope to take inspiration from their impressive showing last round as they take on relegation candidates Crotone on Sunday.
The Blucheriati pulled off a notable comeback against Sassuolo that surely their fans are still talking about this week. For most of the game, it looked like the Neroverdi would end their own miserable run with a 2-0 win. Within six minutes, however, the tie had been turned on its head thanks to a late, late brace from Luis Muriel and a solitary effort from veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella.
All of this transpired starting from the 84th minute, and it was just the result that Sampdoria needed. Next up will be another struggling side – Crotone. The Squali have had a miserable time in their debut season in the top flight, and just like Frosinone appeared last term only to go right back down, the same appears to be in store for Crotone.
Despite earning a historic first-ever win against Chievo, they have since slipped to back to back defeats against Inter and Torino. More disconcerting is the fact that they failed to score in either of those games. In addition, their shocking defensive collapses will be highly discouraging. In both games, they had held their shape quite well, playing – as expected – pretty much everyone behind the ball to try to grind out a point only to see their hard work come undone once their opponents find a breakthrough.
And once the floodgates open, it’s all over for Crotone. Still, they may take heart here. Sampdoria have been quite poor on the road and the home pitch advantage may be able to help the struggling Squali grind out some kind of fair result.
Crotone vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head statistics
- Sampdoria have a record of W7-D6-L7 in their last 20 away games against teams below them in the table.
- Crotone have failed to win 12 out of their last 13 Serie A games.
- Sampdoria have failed to win their last six away games.
- There have been under 2.5 goals in the last four meetings between Sampdoria and Crotone (across all comps).
- This will be their first ever meeting, however, in Serie A.
- Sampdoria have scored – and have been scored on – in all but one out of their last eight games.
Crotone vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Sampdoria appear to be the slight favorites here, but only slightly. That’s simply because Crotone will likely head into the Christmas holiday at the bottom of the table and have won just one out of their past 13 games. Still, the Blucheriati, as noted before, have not impressed on the road and have failed to win a road fixture since beating Empoli 1-0 three months ago.
Both teams have scored in seven out of Sampdoria’s last eight games. Crotone may have been shut out in their past two games, but they may have some hope. Sampdoria have shipped at least one goals in their past five away games, and playing at home may give them the respite they desperately need.
Crotone vs Sampdoria: Betting tips
Both teams to score – YES at 3/4 (1.75)
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80)
Double chance – Crotone to WIN or DRAW at 7/10 (1.70).