Juventus vs Crotone
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 21 May 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Juventus Stadium (Turin).
After clinching the Coppa Italia title, Juventus turn their attention back to part two of their treble as they welcome Crotone on Sunday evening.
The Bianconeri may have stumbled against Roma over the weekend, but their next trip to the Stadio Olimpico was a better one. Juventus are the first team to win three straight Coppa Italia trophies, and they achieved this by seeing off Lazio. The next few weeks are going to be a very busy one for the Bianconeri, are they are two games away from celebrating what would be a well-deserved Treble.
Next month, it’s off to Cardiff to face reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid, but before that, they need to wrap up the Scudetto race. This is nothing short of a David vs. Goliath clash against the Squali – although anyone familiar with the Biblical tale certainly knows that David managed to slay the giant Goliath with his slingshot.
Can Crotone do likewise on Sunday? The Squali do come into this game having earned back to back clean sheets. They have won five out of their last seven games and have picked up more points in the last seven rounds than any other side in Serie A. As a result, the visitors, who are featuring in the top flight for the first time ever, are just one point away from safety. They have gained many new fans thanks to their impressive performances, but their fairy-tale run appears likely to come to an abrupt end.
Crotone certainly will have wanted to face Juventus earlier in the season as it’s hard to see how they will be able to overcome La Vecchia Signora in Turin. That being said, they will put up a good fight – despite never scoring against the Bianconeri in three prior meetings, whilst conceding 10. That includes a 2-0 loss in their first ever Serie A meeting earlier this term.
Will Juventus wrap up the Scudetto race, as expected, this weekend as they take on the debutants? Or will the minnows manage to cause what would be a highly unlikely and surprise upset in Turin?
Juventus vs Crotone: Head-to-head statistics
Juventus have a record of W19-D1-L0 in their last 20 home games against teams ranked above them in the table.
Crotone have a record of W2-D3-L7 in their last 12 away games against teams ranked above them in the table.
Juventus have never conceded a goal against Crotone. That includes a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Crotone are undefeated in their last 7 matches.
The Bianconeri are undefeated in their last 36 games at Juventus Stadium.
In addition, Juventus are unbeaten in their last 23 Serie A games against newly promoted teams (W19 D4), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last eight.
However, La Vecchia Signora are winless in their last three games (D2 L1).
The last time they went four league games without a victory was in March 2012.
Juventus vs Crotone: Prediction
Crotone have not only never beaten Juventus, but they have also never scored against them. Their three prior meetings have finished as three wins for Juve, who have netted ten goals past the Squali sans reply. That being said, Crotone are on a seven game unbeaten streak and have scored in all of those games, including against AC Milan, Inter, and Torino.
Of course, none of those three are at the level of Juventus. And whilst the Bianconeri are winless in their past three, it will take nothing short of a miracle for Crotone to get anything out of this fixture.