Napoli vs Crotone
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Frustration and disappointment. That’s what Napoli and their fans certainly must be feeling at the moment as they prepare for the final game of the season, naturally. The Partenopei had valiantly tried all term to knock Juventus off their perch as they chased the Scudetto, and for part of the campaign, they actually did.
This season was a much more interesting Scudetto race than others, as Maurizio Sarri’s men were in the lead for portions of it. When Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Turin, some thought they had actually blown the title race back open. However, they then threw it all away by failing to win their next two games – losing shockingly 3-0 to Fiorentina and then drawing 2-2 with Torino – to effectively give Juventus the advantage they needed.
Napoli pretty much threw away opportunities in the Coppa Italia, the Champions League, and the Europa League to only focus on the Scudetto this term. While this can’t totally be proven, it’s quite apparent from their approach, as in contrast to rivals like Juventus and Roma who attempted to be more competitive on multiple fronts.
Questions about Maurizio Sarri’s future also will linger, as some wonder if this could be his final game with the club. As such, fans naturally would have hoped that they would have been celebrating the Scudetto in this game, but things didn’t turn out as they would have liked.
On the other side of the pitch, Crotone are in another desperate position once again. They sit in 18th spot, and are dangerously flirting with relegation. Can they pull off another great escape? They did it last term, and will hope to take advantage of a deflated Napoli side who have seen all their efforts come to naught.
Unfortunately, their fate isn’t entirely in their own hands, at this point as they will also need the sides above them, including SPAL and Cagliari to have some major issues on the final matchday in order to keep their survival hopes alive.
Napoli vs Crotone: Head-to-head statistics
- Crotone have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches
- Napoli have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Crotone in all competitions
- Napoli have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches against Crotone in all competitions
- Napoli have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 home matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Napoli’s last 3 home games
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Crotone’s last 4 games
Napoli vs Crotone: Prediction
Although Napoli earned their highest-ever points total, it still will feel like a failure of sorts for the Partenopei, who have nothing to show for their efforts. They earned no silverware this season, not even the Coppa Italia, as they opted to solely focus their efforts on trying to win the Scudetto.
Regrettably, that didn’t work out as planned, although they did put up a great fight. They’ll have to pick themselves up, though, as Crotone will be desperate for a result here as nothing short but a win will suffice for the Squali. Expect the visitors to grab a goal, certainly, as they will be pouring forward, but the Partenopei certainly will be able to wipe out any effort and pick up all three points.
Napoli vs Crotone: Betting tips
- Under 3.5 goals at 1.72
- Napoli – WIN and BTTS – YES at 2.63.