Preview - Crotone vs Roma March 18 2018

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Match Day 29
Crotone vs Roma
Sunday, March 18th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Ezio Scida

Crotone: 
Last five matches form: D D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Ante Budimir (6)

Roma:
Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (13)

Two sides with differing goals meet at the Stadio Ezio Scida this Sunday as Champions League hopefuls Roma travel to relegation threatened Crotone.

Crotone look to be missing four players from their squad through injury, with the most significant absentee being top scorer Ante Budimir. The Pythagoreans didn't appear to miss their front man all that much last week though when smashing four past Sampdoria.

Top scorer Edin Dzeko returns from suspension to lead the line for Roma, but as one suspension ends, another begins and the Wolves will be without the heartbeat of their side as Daniel De Rossi begins his ban.

Roma have posted an exceptional away record in Serie so far this season, with their only loss coming at Juventus. The base for this fine sequence has been a rock-solid defence on the road, as evidenced by an impressive seven clean sheets in 13 away outings.

Roma may not quite be able to dominate possession to their usual degree with De Rossi missing from the centre of the park. As such we wouldn't be too surprised to see Crotone get on the scoresheet, particularly on the back of the impressive attacking display they posted last week. With or without their captain though, Roma are a class above their hosts here and are still expected to have enough to come out on top.

Prediction: Crotone 1 - 2 Roma

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 8 - 20
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 41% - 59%

A relatively quiet afternoon for referee Luca Banti who kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A comfortable win for Roma in the end with Eusebio Di Francesco's men never looking in any serious danger throughout.

The first half was a lukewarm affair with only the two shots on target, both of which came from the visitors, as Crotone seemed largely content with trying to stifle their superior opposition. This tactic worked well for long periods, but they didn't quite make it into the break on level terms.

The opener came in the 39th minute. Aleksandar Kolarov playing in a super cross from the left-hand side, finding that area between the goalkeeper and the back four which is so hard to defend. Stephan El Shaarawy was the man arriving at just the right time to side foot home from a couple of yards.

Having fallen behind, Crotone began the second half with a necessarily more attacking approach as they attempted to get back into the game. They didn't really possess the quality on the day to create many clear-cut chances though.

Roma's lead was doubled after 75 minutes. Radja Nainggolan picking the ball up around 25 yards from goal, and when the Crotone defence failed to close him down, the Belgian produced an unerring drive into the bottom left hand corner.

A solid away performance from Roma this with the three points gained cementing their third placed position, and crucially keeping them six points clear of their big rivals Lazio who lie in fifth spot.

Crotone were overmatched here but will have easier assignments to come. They remain third bottom and in the relegation places, but are only one point adrift of safety and have realistic claims of avoiding the drop.

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