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The Serie A meeting at Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday sees home team Crotone welcome Cagliari.
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Crotone will be hoping to return to winning ways here after a 3-0 Serie A loss in their previous game against Juventus.
In that game, Crotone had 41% possession and 15 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Juventus had 27 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Cristiano Ronaldo (38', 45') and Weston McKennie (66') scored for Juventus.
Three or more goals per match were seen in 6 of the last 6 meetings where Crotone have participated. Opposing sides scored 15 times in this period whereas Crotone amassed a tally of 6. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this match, however.
Their previous form shows that Crotone:
- haven't won against Cagliari in their previous 5 matches in the league.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Torino in Serie A action, Cagliari and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Cagliari had 46% possession and 18 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Torino got 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. Bremer (76') was the scorer for Torino.
Looking at their form, and Cagliari have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 7 goals in total. At the back, Casteddu / Rossoblu have seen their frailties exposed.
Leading up to this clash, Cagliari:
- haven't been defeated by Crotone when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 8 league matches. What a terrible run of away results.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 18/01/2016 shows us that Crotone have won 1 of these & Cagliari 4, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined total of 19 goals were scored between them in these games, with 8 from Crotone and 11 netted by Casteddu / Rossoblu. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.17.
The previous league contest between these clubs was Serie A match day 5 on 25/10/2020 and the score finished Cagliari 4-2 Crotone.
On that occasion, Cagliari managed 43% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 8 on target. The goalscorers were Charalambos Lykogiannis (25'), Giovanni Simeone (35'), Riccardo Sottil (45') and João Pedro (84').
At the other end, Crotone had 12 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Junior Messias (21') and Salvatore Molina (43') scored.
The referee was Antonio Di Martino.
Team News: Crotone
Giuseppe Cuomo (Thigh Problems), Ahmad Benali (Adductor problems) and Koffi Djidji (Unknown Injury) aren’t available for Crotone gaffer Giovanni Stroppa. Aristóteles Romero is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Cagliari
Cagliari manager Eusebio Di Francesco has to choose a team with limited availability. Riccardo Sottil (Thigh Problems) and Marko Rog (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be making appearances.
We’re of the view that Crotone may find it difficult to find the net against this Cagliari lineup who will likely just have the edge.
We’re therefore expecting a highly competitive game with a 0-1 victory for Cagliari at the end of this one.
A close call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Ezio Scida (16,640)
Captain: Alex Cordaz
Chairman: Gianni Vrenna
Manager: Giovanni Stroppa
Competitions: Serie A position 20
🔑 Key Player: Junior Messias
Normally taking to the field in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Junior Messias was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Crotone in the 2019 - 2020 season, the gifted Midfielder has netted 6 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 22 appearances.