Juventus hosts Crotone in round 23 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, February 22nd at Allianz Stadium (Turin)
Juventus is not in optimal condition. The team suffered two defeats in the last five rounds (from Napoli and Inter) and unexpectedly lost to FC Porto in the midweek. Now Pirlo's charges occupy an intermediate 4th place in the Serie A standings, having a match in reserve against the background of competitors. Juventus has problems with the efficiency of the attacking line, where there are no stable scorers besides Ronaldo. And the Portuguese cannot conquer alone when it comes to meetings with direct competitors. The roster of Juventus is going through a gradual renewal process. Such young talents as De Ligt, Demiral, Bentancourt, Kulusevski, Chiesa, and McKennie are actively involved in the starting lineup even now. Chiellini, Ronaldo (16 goals in Serie A), Morata, Cuadrado, and Dybala continue to be the key players of the Italian grandee.
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The newcomer of the Italian elite is gaining points with great difficulties, and now Crotone is closing the standings. Giovanni Stropa's charges go on a streak of four defeats in a row, have only 12 points scored, and are five points behind the saving 17th place. Crotone has the worst defensive line in the league (52 goals conceded). Beyond that, it suffered the most defeats in the league (16). There are only a few footballers who match the level of the elite of Italian football. One may single out Messias, Simi, Reca, Molina, and Magallan. The rest of the players will feel great in the second echelon, but not among such giants as Juventus, Inter, Milan, Atalanta, and Roma. They simply lack individual skills, tactical literacy, and physical fitness.
The visitors will fall under the angry Turin grandee, who desperately needs to score points. Crotone is now suffering one setback after another, demonstrating the weak reliability of the defensive line. Juventus has enough star players to start winning and improving the situation in the standings. And the hosts will probably win with a difference of at least two goals.
Prediction for the match: Juventus to win with -1.5 handicap