The Serie A game at Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday will see hosts Crotone play opponents Benevento.
Our Crotone v Benevento predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Crotone will be hoping to bounce back here after the 2-1 Serie A loss in their previous game against Hellas Verona.
In that match, Crotone managed 57% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Crotone was Junior Messias (55'). At the other end, Hellas Verona got 13 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Nikola Kalinić (16') and Federico Dimarco (25') scored for Hellas Verona.
Crotone have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately, although they have also managed to score goals themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Crotone have conceded in 5 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches. Such a trend isn’t assured to be continued into this game, though.
Since a loss in their previous game against Atalanta in Serie A action, Benevento and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Benevento managed 41% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Benevento was Marco Sau (50'). On the other side, Atalanta got 27 shots on goal with 12 of them on target. Josip Iličić (30'), Rafael Tolói (69'), Duván Zapata (71') and Luis Muriel (86') scored for Atalanta.
In the course of their 6 latest matches, Filippo Inzaghi's Benevento have converted 8 times - earning them the goals per game average of 1.33.
Ahead of this clash, Benevento haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels dating back to 24/09/2017, there has been little to separate the clubs with Crotone winning 3 of those games, Benevento 3 and 0 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 8 of them for Crotone and 8 created by Benevento. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The last league game between these clubs was Serie B match day 32 on 03/07/2020 when it ended Crotone 3-0 Benevento.
On that day, Crotone had 52% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The scorer was Simeon Nwankwo (14', 18', 71').
Benevento got 11 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
The match was refereed by Gianluca Aureliano.
Team News: Crotone
Luca Marrone (Adductor problems), Luca Cigarini (Calf Injury) and Ahmad Benali (Calf Problems) will be missing for Crotone manager Giovanni Stroppa. Arkadiusz Reca will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Benevento
Benevento boss Filippo Inzaghi has multiple availability issues to deal with. Pasquale Schiattarella (Corona virus), Gabriele Moncini (Ankle Injury), Gianluca Caprari (Unknown Injury), Nicolas Viola (Unknown Injury), Iago Falque (Calf Problems), Andrés Tello (Knee Problems), Alessandro Tuia (Adductor problems), Luca Caldirola (Meniscal Injury), Gaetano Letizia (Leg Injury) and Massimo Volta (Achilles tendon surgery) can’t be considered.
Our thinking is that Crotone will have to play well to be putting a goal past this Benevento outfit who we reckon will do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
That’s why we have predicted a very competitive game with a 0-1 winning score for Benevento at the end of the 90.
Let’s see how it plays out.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Ezio Scida (16,640)
Captain: Alex Cordaz
Chairman: Gianni Vrenna
Manager: Giovanni Stroppa
Competitions: Serie A position 20
⭐ Star Player: Simeon Nwankwo
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Simeon Nwankwo was born in Onitsha, Nigeria. Having made his senior debut playing for Gil Vicente in the 2013 - 2014 season, the skilful Forward has managed 4 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 17 appearances.