Football Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Sunday between Crotone and Torino, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.
Two Serie A teams who desperately need three points will face each other on Sunday afternoon, as a base club Crotone host coronavirus affected Torino in a crucial relegation battle.
While Il Toro had to close his training ground after 10 positive cases at his camp, Crotone – who hopes to avoid losing eight consecutive matches in the championship – must prepare for the game to go ahead as scheduled, despite the possibility that the confrontation may be postponed.
Torino hopes to play their first game in 16 days, after seeing two Serie A games postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club, which saw eight players and two team members give a positive result.
After seeing the home clash with Sassuolo canceled last week, the trip to Lazio was controversial and abandoned on Tuesday. Although the Lazio team announced their starting lineup and arrived at the Olympic Stadium, the Torino team was more than 600 kilometers from quarantine.
The Granata were instructed to self-quarantine by the local Turin health service until midnight on Tuesday, but the Lega Serie A council unanimously decided at an urgent meeting on the same day that the game in Rome should proceed as planned, which saw the situation fall into chaos.
Torino can now have a 3-0 loss and potentially lost points for not showing up for the scheduled kick-off – a punishment that they must appeal to and that was equally applied to Napoli, who successfully appealed after being advised to stay home and not travel to face Juventus in October.
Il Toro hasn’t lost yet with the new boss Davide Nicola since his appointment in mid-January, he has drawn four games and won his most recent Serie A game 1-0 against relegation rivals Cagliari.
However, Cagliari have won the last two matches, which meant that Torino fell between the last three, one point behind the Islanders, although Granata has two games less.
If Sunday’s match takes place, Nicola hopes his team will be able to add three precious points against another struggling Serie A team, which could lift them out of the relegation zone if Cagliari do not beat Sampdoria.
After losing the seventh consecutive league match to Atalanta on Wednesday night, Crotone’s confidence seems to match his current position in Serie A – last place.
The 5-1 demolition by La Dea means that the Pythagoreans remain the only Italian first division team that have yet to win away from home this season, accumulating just two points in their travels.
Serse Cosmi – who commanded his first game against Atalanta after the resignation of Giovanni Stroppa on Monday – has the monumental task of bringing his Crotone team closer to safety, but with a difference of nine points for 17th place Cagliari and with 13 games left to play, Cosmi’s challenge can be very difficult to overcome .
Defensive weaknesses have been a major problem for Crotone throughout this campaign, conceding 62 goals in 25 games played and currently with a difference of less than 38 goals, the worst team in the division.
The Pythagoreans are also in their worst losing streak in the first division, but they will have a chance to end this miserable period when they face a team from Torino, which, like them, is in the relegation zone with just three Serie A victories.
The last clash with Il Toro ended in a goalless draw in November, but if Crotone can take three points on Sunday, that should give Cosmi’s side a big boost, which could be six points behind Cagliari.
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Club captain and Torino’s top scorer Andrea Belotti is one of the eight self-isolating plyers along with Daniele Baselli, Bremer, Alessandro Buongiorno, Karol Linetty, Nicola Murru, Nicolas Nkoulou and Wilfried Singo.
Davide Nicola’s preparations are not ideal for Sunday’s game and putting a competitive starting lineup is likely to be a difficult task.
If the match goes forward, midfielder Rolando Mandragora could continue in the midfield ahead of Linetty, while the striker Simone Zaza will have to score goals in Belotti’s absence.
For Crotone, Koffi Djidji (muscle) Ahmad Benali (thigh), Luca Cigarini (knee) and Milos Vulic (muscle) are excluded due to injury.
Serse Cosmi continued with the 3-5-2 formation midweek – a system that was used in Giovanni Stroppa’s last game at the helm – and is expected to maintain the same approach this weekend.
Advance Simy, who is the club’s top scorer with eight, including a goal against Atalanta in the middle of the week, should lead again with Samuel Di Carmine.
Possible initial Crotone lineup:
Cordaz; Cuomo, Golemic, Luperto; Pereira, Zanellato, Milona, Reca; Messiah; Di Carmine, Simy
Possible initial line-up for Torino:
Sirigu; Izzo, Lyanco, Rodriguez; Vojvoda, Lukic, Mandragora, Rincon, Ansaldi; Bonazzoli, Zaza
Probability: Crotone 2-1 Torino
Crotone, who have faced Torino five times in Serie A, have never beaten them in the first division, but with the visitors ready to put on a sold-out team, the hosts believe that Sunday’s game is one of their best chances of winning everything. three points in your quest for survival.
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