Sampdoria vs Crotone
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 23 April 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Is it too little, too late for Crotone? The Squali certainly are not giving up hope. Seemingly out of nowhere, Davide Nicola’s side, who are in their first ever appearance in Serie A, have started this late push to survive the drop. They have picked up seven points from their last three games, and that includes two back to back wins against Chievo and most impressive, Inter.
That rapid improvement certainly scared Empoli, who had been losing game after game but were still staying afloat. The Azzurri seemingly had been content just to amble through the remaining of the season as they believed they were safe, only to suddenly turn around and see Crotone just a few points behind them.
Certainly that spurred them on to pull off a win over Fiorentina, whilst Crotone stumbled as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Torino. Their upcoming opponents, Sampdoria come into this game having lost 2-1 to Sassuolo. The Blucerchiati have had a roller coaster season, and are indeed a very unpredictable side. They started off decently, then went seven games sans a win before finally earning a third win.
After that it was six games sans defeat, then a seven game winless streak. So, really, who knows what will happen for Samp between now and the end of this campaign?
As things stand, Sampdoria are safe and have little to play for. Crotone, on the other hand, are not giving up hope at pulling off their Great Escape, but they will need to pick up as many points as they can between now and May.
Sampdoria vs Crotone: Head-to-head statistics
- Sampdoria have a record of W12-D7-L1 in their last 20 home games against teams ranked below them in the table.
- Crotone have failed to win 15 of their last 16 away matches.
- Sampdoria have won only one of their last four games (D1, L2), after winning five and drawing two of the previous seven.
- Sampdoria and Crotone met six times in Serie B: two wins for each and two draws.
Sampdoria vs Crotone: Prediction
Given that Sampdoria lost to Sassuolo last weekend and have a poor home record, Crotone could take advantage of this. Sampdoria have won just three out of their last nine at their home base. The Squali need some points – and fast – if they want to catch and overtake Empoli in the battle to avoid the drop.
Sampdoria vs Crotone: Betting tips
Double chance – Crotone to WIN or DRAW at 1.95 with Unibet.