Foot Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Monday between Juventus and Crotone, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Hitting obstacles at home and abroad last week, Scudetto holders Juventus expect to recover from two consecutive defeats while hosting the underside Crotone on Monday.
Two clubs from opposite ends of the Serie A spectrum will end the 23rd round in Turin, with the home team as a strong favorite to overcome recent setbacks and get the most points.
After the double disappointment suffered after the defeats at Napoli and Porto last week, Juventus returns to Allianz Stadium on Monday with an apparently ideal opportunity to rediscover form and confidence against the humble Crotone.
With the derby between Milan and Inter guaranteed to allow the Bianconeri to shorten the points deficit in at least one of the first two teams, a contending coach Andrea Pirlo must be committed to putting his team back on track in an attempt to defend the championship title and achieve the tenth consecutive title. Best scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has only one goal in his last five Serie A matches and will be particularly interested in contributing against one of the few first division teams he has never scored against.
Still with one game less for the Milan clubs and for Roma, in third place, Juventus have not conceded goals in all five league matches since the defeat to Inter in San Siro last month and also sealed the classification to face Atalanta in the final of the Italian Cup in May.
However, they were defeated by Napoli in the 1-0 defeat at Stadio Diego Maradona last Saturday and later defeated by Portuguese champions Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, when Pirlo’s men were lucky enough to leave with just one 2- 1 deficit in the first leg.
Despite being a big favorite to resume normal league service this Monday, Juventus has developed a kind of mental block against Serie A minnows in recent times – perhaps reflecting its lack of clinical cruelty since the former coach left. Max Allegri.
Under Pirlo and its predecessor Maurizio Sarri, Juve have failed to win four of their last seven league games against newly promoted teams – including the reverse clash against Crotone earlier this season, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Federico Chiesa received a red card on his debut.
Most of those games took place away from home, and with the best defensive performance of the first division – with only 19 goals conceded, of which only eight at home – there seems to be little prospect of the Calabrian visitors getting another surprise this time.
Although somehow still hasn’t drifted from possible security at the end of a difficult campaign, the last Crotone accumulated just 12 points in 22 rounds and traveled north to Turin, recovering from four consecutive defeats – a period in which Giovanni StroppaThe team’s team scored just two goals and left 11.
In contrast to their hosts on Monday, the 52 goals conceded by Squali represent the worst defensive record in the league, with the other fighters Parma (43), Benevento (42) and Torino (41) being the closest opponents to the dubious’ award’ .
The 51st and 52nd goals of that total were scored by the out-of-form Sassuolo in the previous Serie A match – a 2-1 home loss to Emilian’s team.
Like the other clubs promoted by Benevento and Spezia, individual quality may be lacking in several areas, but Stroppa’s men have been trapped in the basement due to a certain lack of strength. Crotone is one of only two teams in Europe’s top five leagues (along with Bundesliga Arminia Bielefeld) who have lost all league games in which they have tied this season – 16 of 16.
Of course, then, falling behind Juventus this week would almost definitely be fatal for any dream – however abstract and hopeful it may be – of repeating the shocking draw with the champions last fall.
As if to confirm the size of the task ahead, Crotone is also looking for its first away win in 2020-21, as it has recorded nine defeats and two draws so far on the trips.
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After limping during the midweek defeat in Portugal, Giorgio Chiellini joins fellow defender Leonardo Bonucci on the sidelines of Juventus, with the two suffering calf and thigh injuries, respectively.
Andrea Pirlo also has several other selection problems to solve, although he certainly has the playing resources to do so, as a midfielder Adrien Rabiot is suspended, flying quarterback Juan Cuadrado – so essential to Pirlo’s favorite play style – is again absent due to a thigh strain and Arthur he has a leg injury. Rodrigo Bentancur he also left at Estádio do Dragão, but he should be able to start.
Merih Demiral and Ligt’s Matthijs will therefore form the central-defensive duo, while Federico Bernardeschi could enter the starting XI, with Federico Chiesa moving to the left and Weston McKennie covering for Rabiot in the middle. Alternatively, Aaron Ramsey would replace the French on the side.
Again, Alvaro Morata hope to regain his place before Dejan Kulusexi in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, although Paulo Dybala it is also approaching a return to form and may be involved from the bank.
Extreme crotone Salvatore Molina is set to return to the visitors’ team after recovering from a shoulder fracture, but Ahmad Benali (thigh) and Giuseppe Cuomo (hip) should be left out again.
Media reports suggest that Giovanni Stroppa may switch from his long-standing 3-5-2 setup to a more flexible 4-3-3 on Monday – a potentially bold move in such a difficult game – so Adam Ounas and top scorer Junior Messias would play away from the central attacker Samuel Di Carmine in that case.
Formerly the main player of Squali in the attack, Nigerian striker Simy may again have to settle for a role as a substitute in the second half.
Possible starting line-up for Juventus:
Buffon; Sandro, Demiral, De Ligt, Danilo; Chiesa, Bentancur, McKennie, Bernardeschi; Kulusexi, Ronaldo
Possible initial Crotone lineup:
Cordaz; Djidji, Golemic, Luperto; Pereira, Messias, Zanellato, Vulic, Rispoli; Ounas, Di Carmine
Probability: Juventus 3-0 Crotone
A mismatch in virtually every department should ensure that Juventus returns to winning ways, as a deep squad ensures that their team is not so weakened by a series of absences.
Crotone will face crucial games with Cagliari and Torino in the next fifteen days – both likely fall into the ‘must win’ category if they are to survive this season. This intimidating encounter with Juventus, then, is a mere shot to nowhere for outsiders from Calabria.
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