Crotone – Sassuolo FREE PICKS
Crotone and Sassuolo meet at Stadio Ezio Scida, in a match for the 35th round of Serie A. Sassuolo won at home by (2-1) the last time they met in this edition of the league, at 10-12 -2017. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins and 1 draw in the last 3 matches. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Crotone presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 8 wins, 7 draws and 19 losses, the home team is currently in the 17 th position of the league, with 31 points won. In their last match, they won in an away match against Udinese by (1-2), after in the previous match they tied (1-1) at home, in a match against Juventus. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 31 conceded; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 19 conceded. In the last 10 home matches for the championship Crotone won 3, drew 3 and lost 4, for which they won 12 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (6 out of 17 matches). The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 11 of the last 17 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 34 matches in this competition, he only managed 2 comebacks in the 23 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 17 home matches for this competition: they have scored 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
The Crotone comes to this game motivated, after having added an important victory over Udinese, by 1-2, adding the second consecutive game without losing in the Italian championship. However, the fans are still worried, since at this moment they occupy a position very close to the relegation zone. The strategy to be used by coach Walter Zenga for this game is more than defined, that is, defend with nearby sectors and look for spaces in the opponent’s midfield to counterattack. On the attack front will be Marcello Trotta, one of the best Crotone markers, with 5 goals scored. Budimir and Benali, both injured, are out of injury.
After 9 wins, 10 draws and 15 losses, the away team is currently in the 13 th position of the league, with 37 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Hellas Verona, by (0-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Fiorentina, by (1-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 29 conceded; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 14 goals scored and 18 conceded. For the championship, Sassuolo won 12 points out of 30 possible, after 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (6 out of 17 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 34 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 18 times and never got the comeback.
Sassuolo is going through its best phase in this Italian championship and currently has eight consecutive games without tasting the bitter taste of defeat. We remember that visitors come to this match with two wins in a row, the last against Fiorentina, 1-0. For this game coach Giuseppe Iachini must keep the team in 3-5-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Missiroli is the great organizer of the offensive process. Berardi is one of the most dangerous players in the attack front of Sassuolo, being very fast and competent in the transport of the ball towards the attack. On the other hand, Matteo Politano is the best marker of the foreign team, with 8 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Adjapong, suspended, in addition to Lirola and Sensi, both due to injury.
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