Preview - Crotone vs Juventus 19 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Crotone vs Juventus
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Ezio Scida

Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.78
Top Scorer: Ante Budimir (6)

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.41
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (21)

A big mismatch at the Stadio Ezio Scida this week as third bottom Crotone welcome Champions elect Juventus to town.

This isn't the type of fixture Crotone would have hoped for in their battle against relegation, but at least they are at home. They may sit third bottom, but are only one point adrift of safety as it stands and anything they pick up here could have a huge bearing on the end of the season. Crotone would likely be forced on the back foot for the duration of this encounter in any case, but the absence of Andrea Nalini's scheming in midfield and also top scorer Ante Budimir makes this even tougher.

Six games to go and a six point advantage at the top of Serie A, only a pretty dramatic collapse could see Juventus miss out on the Serie A title now. Any thoughts that that brutal Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid may have knocked the stuffing out of them were quickly dismissed as the Old Lady slammed Sampdoria last week. They go without Federico Bernardeschi and Marri De Sciglio here but are otherwise fully fit.

Juventus are clearly the far superior side. They also looked a pretty angry side against Sampdoria last week, and we suspect they may not have quite gotten that rage out of their system just yet which doesn't bode well for Crotone. Take Juventus for a comfortable win ahead of the big clash with Napoli at the weekend.

Prediction: Crotone 0 - 4 Juventus


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 9 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 27% - 73%

The stats were all in favour of Juventus here. Everywhere that is except were it really counts…on the scoresheet as Crotone gained an excellent point. Whilst Crotone were overmatched in almost all areas of the pitch, they made good use of the possession they did have, only registering one less than Juventus in the shots on target stakes.

All looked set to go to script here when Juventus took the lead in the 16th minute. An excellent cross to the near post from Douglas Costa finding Alex Sandro who got in front of his marker to direct a superb header across goal and into the far bottom corner.

As expected Juventus continued to have the bulk of play following the goal, but were unable to create anything clear cut and headed into the break just a goal to the good.

In the 65th minute Crotone got their equaliser, and what a goal it was, Juve failing to clear their lines and when the ball dropped out of the air to Simy around the penalty spot, the big man produced a sublime overhead kick to leave Wojciech Szczesny with no chance.

Matuidi went close to winning it for Juventus with a 25-yard rocket, but Alex Cordaz got across really well to palm it over.

The Crotone keeper didn't know much about his stop from Higuain in the 71st minute; diving the wrong way but saving with his legs. 1-1 final score as Crotone held on.

With Napoli overcoming Udinese at home today, things are beginning to look just a little interesting at the top. The gap back from Juventus to the second placed Gli Azzurri is now down to just four points. The clash between the pair this weekend now looks set to take on real significance as to the outcome of this seasons Serie A title race.

With SPAL 2013 and Chivo Verona playing out a goalless draw, Crotone remain third bottom but still only one point away from safety.

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