Foot Predictions shows Sunday’s Serie A clash between Crotone and Sassuolo, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Sassuolo travel to face the underside Crotone at Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday, with the two teams close to the bottom of the Serie A form table after miserable results since the turn of the year.
The visitors have now been unbeaten for five consecutive games, while the hosts are looking to end a three-game losing streak and keep in touch with their relegation teammates.
After a disappointing home loss to Spezia last week, Sasuolo has scored just two points in his last five matches, thanks only to draws against fighters Cagliari and Parma.
Even though they led against the Ligurian side last time – due to Francesco CaputoNeroverdi’s second shot in three games after a dry spell caused by prolonged thigh problems – Neroverdi suffered two avoidable goals, much to his coach’s frustration Roberto De Zerbi.
The highly regarded head coach, however, must have been very happy to see the much missed star Domenico Berardi return to the bench after an injury and striker azzurri must be ready to start against Crotone. With seven goals and four assists so far, there is no doubt that the power of Sassuolo’s attack is undermined when he is absent.
Having won almost half of their matches in the 2020-21 campaign with Berardi in the XI starting lineup (seven out of 15), they won only 17% without him – thus proving that they over-trust their undisputed talents.
Critics have also suggested that De Zerbi’s obsession with ball possession principles has hurt his team in recent weeks – with just 23 crosses in open play to date, Sassuolo is determined to move on to success. This style of play has won applause and raised overachievers to unexpected heights in the past.
Still in eighth place on the table and a short distance from a European place for next season, Neroverdi will face Sunday’s opponents with their characteristically patient approach and should certainly seize a golden opportunity to regain their clinical advantage against the toughest defense of the league.
The fourth and last goal conceded in the long-awaited defeat at the hands of leader Milan last week was Crotone’s 50th goal this season – at a rate of almost two and a half per game.
Although the Squali are still the last in the standings, with only 12 points won in 21 rounds, they remain just four points from the right side of the dotted line – mainly due to the deficiencies of the others.
Giovanni StroppaThe team has already suffered three consecutive defeats – to Milan, Genoa and Fiorentina – with only one goal scored and nine conceded in the period, the result of a series of individual errors and some systemic failures that can only be attributed to their coach.
Given the relative lack of resources, few will be surprised by the difficulties of the Calabrian club so far, but Stroppa must be particularly discouraged by the fact that Crotone remains the only Serie A team that failed to earn points after losing this season. .
Despite revealing a lack of confidence – and perhaps even character – in adversity, it naturally follows that a goal on Sunday would probably be fatal for any hope of a positive result.
The previous Serie A clash between these two teams saw Sassuolo win 4-1 at the Mapei Stadium in October, with Francesco Caputo drawing two goals for Neroverdi. It will take a dramatic turnaround for the hosts to prevail on this occasion, with Crotone desperately lacking in form and inspiration.
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Much admired Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari will lose former club Crotone this week due to suspension, so Vlad Chiriches it is set to occupy its central place. French midfielder Maxime Lopez it is also back from a ban, but it can be found in the bank.
Winger Jeremie BogaThe “counter-match” campaign continues in a frustrating way, as the former Chelsea player will be out for at least another week with a thigh problem, having been replaced before the break against Spezia. Fortunately for Roberto De Zerbi, the recovered Domenico Berardi can take Boga’s place on the side, alongside Hamed Traore and Filip Djuricic in support of striker Francesco Caputo.
The head of the house, Giovanni Stroppa, must confirm the recent hiring Samuel Di Carmineinstead of Simy, with the excited Adam Ounas set to continue as your partner. Scorer Junior Messias returns to the squad, so Milos Vulic can lose in midfield.
Giuseppe Cuomo, Luca Cigarini and Salvatore Molina are all unavailable for Crotone, while the lateral Arkadiusz Reca injured in the warm-up before the game with Milan and is a big doubt for this Sunday.
Possible initial Crotone lineup:
Cordaz; Djidji, Marrone, Luperto; Rispoli, Messias, Benali, Zanellato, Pereira; Ounas, Di Carmine
Possible initial lineup of Sassuolo:
Consigli; Muldur, Marlon, Chiriches, Rogerio; Locatelli, Obiang; Berardi, Djuricic, Traore; Caputo
Probability: Crotone 1-3 Sassuolo
An ideal opportunity for Domenico Berardi to return to the Sassuolo lineup is presented at the Stadio Ezio Scida and, even with less than his maximum power, the Italian international’s combinations with Ciccio Caputo in attack must be a class apart from the doubtful defense of the home .
It is difficult to see where Crotone – who faces champion Juventus – will add his next points, as his propensity for dire mistakes in defense shows no sign of improvement.
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