Crotone +1½ (+110) 3 (-120) +1075
Lazio -1½ (-130) 3 (EV) -377
Crotone/Lazio Draw +500
Lazio is proficient at creating and finishing scoring chances by attacking down the wings – especially the left – and using through balls, both of which Crotone has trouble defending against. Additionally, Crotone has difficulty keeping possession of the ball (average possession: 40.6%), and Lazio is adept at stealing the ball from the opponent. Lazio has scored eight goals this season as a result of attacking set pieces, which Crotone also has difficulty defending against. And to compound the problem, Crotone’s players are prone to making mistakes, such as fouling in dangerous areas.
That being said, Lazio’s players have been known to commit the occasional snafu as well. Crotone may want to take a lot of shots – as they usually do – in particular from a distance, as Lazio struggles to defend against long shots. Interestingly, this match will mark the very first time that these two teams square off against each other, having never coincided in the same division of Italian soccer until this season. As a matter of fact, this is Crotone’s first season in the Serie A.
Names to look out for
Crotone’s latest Serie A game was a 0-2 loss to Udinese on December 18th. Lorenzo Crisetig, Marcello Trotta, Gian Marco Ferrari, and Andrea Barberis (no relation to Andrea Barber) were all booked, and Alex Cordaz was sent off. Crotone (2-3-12) is 19th in the league table with nine points, 14 goals scored, and 32 goals allowed (-18 goal difference). Diego Falcinelli has scored five goals, while Raffaele Palladino and Trotta have scored two each. Falcinelli and Marcus Rohden have two assists each. Crisetig has six yellow cards, Aleandro Rosi has five, and Leonardo Capezzi has three yellow cards. Crotone has one clean sheet and five scoreless games this season.
Felipe Anderson and Senad Lulic
In sportsbook betting lines trends, Crotone is 1-3 straight-up in four of the last five league games, and 0-2 straight-up in the last two away games. Crotone’s 2016-17 online sports betting over/under record is 10-7 (6-3 away). Lazio’s latest league game was a 0-3 loss to Inter Milan on December 21st. Felipe Anderson and Senad Lulic were booked. Lazio (10-4-4) is third in the league table with 34 points, 32 goals scored, and 21 goals allowed (+11) goal difference.
Ciro Immobile has scored nine goals, Keita Diao has scored five, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has scored three. Anderson has seven assists, while Lulic and Milinkovic-Savic have three assists each. Stefan Radu has seven yellow cards, Danilo Cataldi has three yellow cards and one red, and Anderson has five yellow cards. Lazio has four clean sheets and four scoreless games this season.
In sportsbook betting lines trends, Lazio is 3-2 straight-up in the last five Serie A games, and 1-1 straight-up in the last two home games. Lazio’s 2016-17 online sports betting over/under record is 10-7 (4-4 at home).