Juventus vs Crotone by Enzo
Juventus rotated their squad a bit last weekend as they suffered 3:1 loss away to Roma, in a game that didn't mean a lot to them, as the team saved some energy and rest some players for their Coppa Italia finals game against Lazio last Wednesday evening when they lifted the first title of the season winning with 2:0 result.
Even though Lazio didn't disappoint and looked more than decent, players of Juventus were much more superior and moreover, showed great stability and experience in big matches, taking the deserved victory thanks to goals from Alves in 12th and Bonucci in 25th minute, while the tempo got slower for them, probably with the players being satisfied with their lead. The team now has four points more than Roma and needs a victory here in order to secure the title in Serie A.
The team continues to miss defender Daniele Rugani (15/2) and midfielders Marko Pjaca (14/0) and Sami Khedira (30/5). They are expected to field close to their strongest lineup, starting in attack with Higuain, but also with offensive midfielders Mandukic, Cuadrado and Dybala.
Crotone is in a really nice form now, as the team showed plenty of determination in last couple of months, coming now from another victory, this time narrow 1:0 one at home against Udinese last weekend. It was their seventh consecutive match without defeat, as the team counts five victories and two draws.
Despite all these positive things with their results recently, the team is far away from safe position and need a victory badly here actually in order to stay alive in relegation battle, while a draw probably won't help them much. They were more concrete at the start of the match against Udinese and took the lead via Rohden in 18th minute, while players of Udinese had much more of the ball possession from that moment on, but Crotone was the one that looked more dangerous on counters overall. Crotone is a point below safely placed sides and their destiny will surely be decided in the last round.
Defender Bruno Martella (27/0) should miss this one due injury, same as offensive midfielder Adrian Stoian (27/3).
Crotone surely can't be satisfied with a point taken here, so I expect them to be playing more open than what they are used to do and what they should do. Juventus has a perfect chance to claim the title here and not only that, but to have a chance to rotate their squad a bit in the last round and give a rest to their best players ahead of Champions League finals. Juventus should reach the victory without much problems, while Crotone playing more openly should result in their bigger margin victory.