Preview - Chievo Verona vs Crotone 06 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Chievo Verona vs Crotone
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Chievo Verona: 
Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.89
Average goals against per match: 1.63
Top Scorer: Roberto Inglese (10)

Last five matches form: D L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.03
Average goals against per match: 1.71
Top Scorer: Marcello Trotta (7)

Serie A survival tops the agenda for the two sides clashing at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on Match Day 36 in Serie A as Chievo Verona play host to Crotone.

It is Chievo who are currently headed for the drop, lying third bottom but just one point away from safety with three to play. Crotone are in 15th, but should they lose here will find themselves level on points with Chievo and in serious jeopardy.

Riccardo Meggiorini misses out for Chievo here, whilst Crotone will find their attacking impetus affected by the absence of both Ante Budimir and Ahmad Benali.

Whilst Chievo have been nothing short of abysmal on their travels, they have been a bit more respectable at home where they have lost just one of their past five, recording wins over Cagliari and Sampdoria.

Crotone haven't been quite as bad as Chievo on the road, but they haven't been much better, losing 12 of their 17 away trips to date, including four of their last five.

Two poor sides clash here, and whilst Crotone arrive in marginally the better form, a victory over the simply woeful Udinese last time isn't much to write home about and overall they cant be trusted on their travels.

With the addition of having the slight advantage in terms of injuries, I fancy the home side to nick this to get new manager Lorenzo D'Anna off to a flyer.

Prediction: Chievo Verona 2 - 1 Crotone


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 11 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 43% - 57%

Referee Davide Massa booked Ivan Radovanovic, Nicola Rigoni, Peparim Hetemaj, Matti Bani and Stefano Sorrentino of Chievo, and Marco Davide Faraoni of Crotone.

An evenly contested game overall, with Crotone possibly even having the better of it from looking at the stats. Ahead on the total shots and possession figures, the visitors were certainly unlucky to come away with nothing at all to show for their efforts.

It was Crotone who looked to have taken the lead in the ninth minute only for Federico Ceccherini's headed effort to be ruled out for a foul.

Three minutes later it was Chievo who took the lead with a headed goal of their own. Massimo Gobbi whipping a great cross into the area. With Valter Birsa the man on hand to head home.

Whilst each side hit the woodwork in the second half, the second goal of the game took a while in coming. It did arrive in the 82nd minute though, and again it went to the home side. Mariusz Stepinski producing an excellent volleyed finish to double Crotone's advantage.

Crotone did get one back when Marco Tumminello finished nicely having been set up by Bruno Martella. Coming as it did in the 94th minute though, it was a case of all too little all too late for the visitors.

A big big win for Chievo, lifting the Verona side out of the relegation zone and up to the heady heights of 15th. Still just one point clear of the drop though.

Crotone sit level on points with Chievo in 16th position.

Both sides with work still to do if they are to survive this season.

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