Serie A strugglers Crotone face the unenviable task of stopping an irresistible Juventus side on the verge of a seventh consecutive title.
The 18th place Calabrian outfit have endured a miserable campaign and will have to secure their top-flight status the hard way, starting with the visit of the reigning champions.
Where and when: Stadio Ezio Scida – 18 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Crotone vs. Juventus: BT Sport 3, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Juventus eventually broke through midway in the second half after a resilient opening 45 from Crotone. Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia earned yet another win for the Bianconeri back in November.
Crotone v Juventus Predictions and Preview
After nearly six months of chasing Napoli, Max Allegri’s men are finally in the driving seat with just six fixtures remaining. The Azzurri were worthy leaders but inevitably ran out of steam as the Juventus juggernaut refused to relent.
The visitors sit six points clear and can put Maurizio Sarri’s title bid to bed this weekend as first meets second in an encounter of epic proportions. In the meantime, the Bianconeri must engineer a trip to a side fighting for their lives and there is a glimmer of hope for Crotone. Gigi Buffon and co drew with SPAL last month and were given a real scare against basement club Benevento in the previous week.
The Serie A debutants took a shock lead before some Paulo Dybala inspired heroics saved the Scudetto holders from grave embarrassment. Nevertheless, Juventus are the overwhelming favourites at 1/3 to rack up win number 28 from just 32 contests and Dybala is available at 7/2 to open the scoring and bag his 25th goal in all competitions. Compatriot and strike partner Gonzalo Higuain is priced at 3/1 in the same market.
For the hosts, it is now or never to embark on another survival mission. The Rossoblu hit the headlines last season for their astounding set of results in the run in, winning six of their final nine matchups and, realistically, Walter Zenga’s squad need a minimum of three victories between now and May 20. Crotone can be found at 22/2 to pick up a priceless triumph.
One to watch for Crotone: Marcello Trotta has five efforts to his name this term and will be the home side’s biggest threat. The Sassuolo owned forward is 14/5 to strike anytime during the battle.
One to watch for Juventus: Blaise Matuidi has settled in well in the Juventus midfield and offers something different to Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic. The former PSG man is 15/1 to hit the last goal of the match.
Long shot: Despite their lowly position, Crotone have proved they are more than capable of upsetting the odds, toppling both Milan clubs, Sampdoria and Lazio on their memorable run last year. However, Juventus are a completely different animal and will want to get the job done as quickly as possible and a stalemate may be the best outcome for Crotone. An entertaining 2-2 draw is 30/1.