SSC Napoli vs. FC Crotone / Serie A – In this match of the last round of Italian Serie A the guests from Crotone are far more interested to win points as they fight with several other teams to survive, while second-placed Napoli plays only for prestige, given that cannot change a thing in the table. Still, it doesn’t mean that will give points to its rivals form Sicily just like that, especially as they won them in three previous head-to-head. Begins: 20.05.2018 – 18:00 CET
True, last autumn Napoli won on Sicily by mere 1-0, and new vice-champions should be very careful if they want to win Crotone now. We have suggested that their main problem could be lack of adequate motivation, as after the last round it became clear that Napoli will end up at the second place in the table, given that leading Juventus has created unreachable difference of four points with draw with Roma.
In that way the Neapolitans dropped their only chance to win the Scudetto, although just four rounds ago and great away victory over Juventus were on the best way to fulfil their dream. However, two major mishaps happened since then, when they lost to Fiorentina away and drew with Torino at home. Victory over Sampdoria in previous round only reduced the difference between them and Juventus to four points. Let’s add that manager Sarri currently has no problems with absences.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Reina – Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui – Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Milik, Insigne
Unlike the Neapolitans who have no worries and imperatives in the last round the guests from Sicily simply must win if they want to play one more season in the elite football league in Italy. True, even if it wins Crotone is not sure will it preserve the first-division status as it occupies the 18th place in the table at the moment and if their four competitors also win at home it means we are going to watch the Sicilians in the Serie B next season.
Before the last round Crotone has two points fewer than Chievo and Udinese, and one less than Cagliari and the same number of points but weaker goal difference than the 17th-placed SPAL, meaning everything is open in the survival race in the Serie A. Still, Crotone’s situation is the most difficult of all endangered teams, mostly due to fact that in previous round they received equaliser in the very finish of the home match with Lazio for the final 2-2. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are only midfielder Benali and forward Budimir.
Probable lineups FC Crotone: Cordaz – Sampirisi, Ceccherini, Capuano, Martella – Barberis, Mandragora, Rohden – Faraoni, Simy, Nalini
SSC Napoli – FC Crotone TIP
Although the guests from Sicily need points far more, as they struggle to survive, we are certain that Napoli doesn’t want to put in question its hard won reputation, which is why we would play here on larger number of goals.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.65 at 10bet (down to 1.60 can be played)