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Spezia will do battle with guests Crotone at Stadio Alberto Picco in the Serie A fixture on Saturday.
All Spezia v Crotone match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (including the best match odds).
Spezia will be looking for an improved result here following a 2-1 Serie A defeat last time out to Lazio.
In that game, Spezia managed 50% possession and 7 shots at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Spezia was Daniele Verde (73'). For their opponents, Lazio had 11 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Manuel Lazzari (56') and Felipe Caicedo (89') scored for Lazio.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Spezia have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Spezia have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 12 goals during that time.
Coming into this contest, Spezia are undefeated in their last 4 league matches at home.
After a loss in their previous game against SSC Napoli in Serie A action, Crotone will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Crotone managed 37% possession and 8 shots on goal with 4 on target. For Crotone, the scorers were Simeon Nwankwo (25', 48') and Junior Messias (59'). On the other side, SSC Napoli had 26 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Lorenzo Insigne (19'), Victor Osimhen (22'), Dries Mertens (34') and Giovanni Di Lorenzo (72') scored for SSC Napoli.
Crotone have been dangerous up front in their most recent fixtures, scoring 12 times in their previous 6 matches. While their manager Serse Cosmi will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Crotone can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same clashes. Let’s see if that trend can be sustained in this game.
Ahead of this clash, Crotone haven’t won away from home in the past 16 matches in the league. They clearly need to do something about it.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 15/04/2016 tells us that Spezia have won 3 of these games and Crotone 2, with the number of drawn games being 1.
A total of 16 goals were produced between them in these games, with 9 from Spezia and 7 being from Crotone. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.67.
The previous league encounter between these sides was Serie A match day 11 on 12/12/2020 when the final score was Crotone 4-1 Spezia.
On that occasion, Crotone had 40% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Junior Messias (7', 96'), Arkadiusz Reca (49') and Eduardo Henrique (56').
Spezia got 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. Diego Farias (18') scored.
The referee was Antonio Giua.
Team News: Spezia
Titas Krapikas (Corona virus), Cristian Dell'Orco (Adductor problems), Riccardo Saponara (Unknown Injury), Nahuel Estévez (Corona virus), Juan Ramos (Corona virus) and Federico Mattiello (Fitness) will not be taking part for Spezia boss Vincenzo Italiano.
Team News: Crotone
With a fully injury-free group to choose from, Crotone boss Serse Cosmi has zero fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash. The players ineligible for this match because of suspension are Pedro Pereira and Aristóteles Romero.
In our view, Crotone are likely to get a goal against this Spezia lineup, but it probably won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We reckon that it will be a narrow 2-1 advantage for Spezia at the end of the 90 minutes. Should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Alberto Picco (10,336)
Captain: Claudio Terzi
Chairman: Stefano Chisoli
Manager: Vincenzo Italiano
Competitions: Serie A position 16
🔑 Key Man: Emmanuel Gyasi
Typically deployed in the Left Wing position, Emmanuel Gyasi was born in Ghana. After making a first senior appearance for Spezia in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Forward has scored 4 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 29 appearances.