After losing out on their first Serie A title since 1990, Napoli must pick themselves up for one final game against Crotone. The visitors need to take something from the game if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
Where and when: Stadio San Paolo – 20 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Napoli vs. Crotone: William Hill live streaming
Last time: An early goal from Marek Hamsik was enough to hand the points to Napoli when the teams met at the end of December.
Napoli v Crotone Predictions and Preview
Napoli haven’t won Serie A since the days of Diego Maradona, and the wait goes on for another year at least. This season was a golden opportunity for glory, especially after the Gli Azzurri pulled off that incredible late win at Juventus a few weeks ago.
Despite a controversial referring decision in their next game, Maurizio Sarri’s side only have themselves blame after following up their victory in Turin with a defeat against Fiorentina and a draw at home against Torino.
The home side still start this game as heavy favourites in the betting though, priced at 8/15. While Napoli are guaranteed to finish in second place, Crotone have a lot more to play for on Sunday and that could have a bearing on this match.
Walter Zenga’s side are 11/2 to record a win that would give them a decent chance of staying up. However, all four of the teams they can catch play at home of the final day of the season, so even a win at the Stadio San Paolo may not be enough.
Having said that, a draw could yet save the Pitagorici, and that’s priced at 4/1 in the betting. Crotone haven’t taken anything from Napoli since they got a goalless draw in Naples in a Serie B game back in 2001, and a repeat of that scoreline against a demoralised Gli Azzurri is 25/1.
The visitors will be without Ahmad Benali and Ante Budimir as they bid to pull off an unlikely survival attempt, as both players continue to recover from broken toes. Sarri meanwhile has a fully-fit squad to choose from, which only makes the home side an even more attractive proposition.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens has 22 goals to his name this season, and will want to shore up his place up front in the Belgium team before the World Cup. He’s the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Crotone: Marcello Trotta is Crotone’s top scorer with eight goals this season, which is a strong indication as to why the visitors are in dire straits heading into this game. He’s 10/1 for the first goal.
Long shot: If Crotone are going to have any hope of avoiding the drop to Serie B, they need to win this game. With Napoli still hurting after they blew their title chances, the visitors are 28/1 to sneak the match 1-0. With Trotta as the scorer, the odds rise to 125/1.