Crotone vs Sampdoria: Preview and Prediction

Arun - March 9, 2018

Crotone vs Sampdoria
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 11th March 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Ezio Sciada (Crotone).

Sampdoria are barely hanging on to their spot in the top six in Serie A, and with AC Milan determined to force them out of the way, they will be hoping to pick up a much needed win against Crotone, who are also desperate for points as well.

The Squali managed to avoid the drop in their debut term, but are facing some major difficulties in their sophomore campaign. They have now slipped into the bottom three as SPAL have gone on a mini-kick recently and have leapfrogged them into 17th spot. Can they take advantage of Samp’s poor away form and restart their survival chances? After all, Sampdoria did notoriously lose on the road to fellow relegation candidates Benevento, who beat them 3-2, which could give Crotone a glimmer of hope here.

However, Crotone have their own issues, which includes difficulty in putting the ball in the back of the net. They’re among the lowest scoring sides in the league, with a measly 23 goals scored so far. Only Sassuolo (15), Benevento (18), and Genoa (21) have fared worse, but two of those teams are ranked higher than them in the table. In addition, they actually lost to SPAL here, which was a must-win for Crotone, so there are some major concerns obviously for them ahead of this clash.

Sampdoria, by contrast, haven’t had any issues scoring, and are among the top five in terms of goal output. That’s bolstered by the impressive form of veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella, although most of his goals have come at home. Can he finally find his shooting boots away from home?

Crotone vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head statistics

  • Crotone have failed to win their last 5 matches
  • Fabio Quaglierella’s last seven goals in Serie A have come on home turf
  • Crotone have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Sampdoria in all competitions

Crotone vs Sampdoria: Prediction

Crotone have won just three times at home, whilst losing six times. Against the bigger sides, they managed to pick up a measly point and that was when Inter were in a really bad patch. Other from that they have not only lost, they have failed to score.

But, Sampdoria themselves haven’t impressed in their travels, as noted before and notably shipped three against Benevento. This could be a great chance for Crotone to pick up at least a point if they get their game plan right.

Crotone vs Sampdoria: Betting tips

  • BTTS – YES at 1.76
  • Under 2.5 goals at 1.75
  • Crotone to at least DRAW at 1.61.