Lazio 13-4-8, Crotone 4-3-19
3/12/21 9 am
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Lazio is hosting Crotone at Stadio Olimpico in round 27 in the Italian Serie A.
Lazio is having an average season, which was expected from them, but Lazio has lost their last 3 straight games while losing 4 of their last 5 games. During their 3-game losing streak, Lazio has conceded 9 goals while scoring only 2 goals. Next week, Lazio will be facing Bayern in the second leg of the Champions League, and it will be on the road. Lazio has lost the first leg 1-4. In the Serie A standings, Lazio is in 7th place with 43 points, and they are 7 points away from the Champions League spot. Offensively, Lazio is not even a shadow of the team they were last season, and even though they have scored a solid 39 goals, it’s not enough. In their last game against Juventus on the road, Lazio was decent with 48% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 87% of accurate passes. After getting ahead in the 14th minute, Lazio has conceded 3 unanswered goals, and they ended up losing this game 3-1. Immobile is Lazio’s leading goalscorer with 14 goals. Felipe and Lazzari are both injured for Lazio. I don’t think Lazio has a chance in the Champions League, but Crotone is the opponent they need to beat and get back on the winning track.
Crotone is in the last place in the Serie A standings with 15 points, 28 scored goals, and massive 64 conceded goals, and even though Crotone is only 7 points away from safety, I just don’t see them getting there. Crotone was on a 7-game losing streak in Serie A, until last weekend when they heat Torino at home. Crotone has had 43% of ball possession in that game, 7 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. I know Torino is not a great team, but this was one of the best games this season for Crotone, and they deservedly won this match 4-2. Nwankwo has scored 10 goals for Crotone so far this season, while Messias added 6 goals. Cigarini is now the only injured player for Crotone. Defensively, Crotone is the weakest team in Serie A, by far, and unfortunately for them, there is nothing Crotone can do to improve because they simply don’t have the quality or the depth to compete with the big dogs in Serie A.
Lazio has lost only once to Crotone, while Lazio has beaten Crotone both times at home. Crotone is still winless on the road this season. I know Lazio is struggling, and I know they are playing in the Champions League next week, but this is a must-win game for Lazio, and I think they will get it.