This match of the penultimate round of the Italian Serie A is definitely interesting due to fact that the 16th-placed Crotone has just one point more than teams in the drop zone, while on the other than the 4th-placed Lazio still hasn’t verified a place for itself in the Champions League. Because of that it is clear that both teams need points here. We should add that their match played in Rome last autumn had ended as Lazio’s sound victory 4-0.
On the other hand Crotone can boast with fact that it won Lazio 3-1 at home in the finish of previous season, which among other things had helped them to stay in the Serie A. The fiery Sicilians will certainly try to win salvation points now against Lazio, regardless that their guests are still racing toward the Champions League. True, if they blunder match with Lazio, Crotone will have one more chance to set the things right in the last round when it faces Napoli away.
Crotone could have made a great job last weekend when it played with Chievo away as a draw or victory would practically cement it in the Serie A, but they lost the match 2-1 and now have the same number of points like the 15th-placed Chievo and the 17th-positioned Udinese, while the 18th-placed Cagliari has just one point fewer than the three teams. Regarding problems with absences ahead of match with Lazio, out of action are only from before injured midfielder Benali and forward Budimir.
The guests from Rome had also missed chance in previous round to increase point difference between themselves and the 5th-placed Inter to four points, as they merely drew at home with Atlanta 1-1. Lazio and Inter will most likely decide in their showdown at the Olimpico stadium in Rome next week who is the last team from the Italian Serie A that will compete in the Champions League. The 3rd-placed Roma has two points more than Lazio and four than Inter at the moment, while on the other hand the 6th-positioned Milan dropped from the race a long time ago.
True, the team from Rome could secure a place for itself already after this round but only if it wins Crotone and if Inter blunders its match with Sassuolo, meaning they will have quite enough motive to play well in Sicily although on the other side of the pitch is team that is locked in the bitter survival race. Besides, manager Inzaghi has plenty of problems with absence of injured forwards Immobile and Luis Albert, and midfielder Parol, while suspended stopper Luiz Felipe cannot play on Sunday.
Given that Crotone is locked in the bitter survival struggle and that Lazio still hasn’t secured a place for itself in the Champions League, it is then the most realistic to expect a fully open match and goals on both sides of the pitch.
Bet Type: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 1.61 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 13-May-2018 15:00 CET
Event Result: 2:2(1:1)
Profit: +24.40 Units