Inter Milan vs Crotone Prediction, 1/3/2021 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Inter Milan vs Crotone
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy
TV: ESPN 2
Odds/Point Spread: Inter Milan (-455) Crotone (+780)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is the site where Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan (10-3-1, 2nd in Serie A) will play Crotone (2-3-9, 19th in Serie A) on Sunday. The goalies who are expected to start are Samir Handanovic for Inter Milan and Alex Cordaz for Crotone. The line on this contest has Inter Milan priced at -455 and Crotone are priced at +780. The O/U is set at 3.5.
Inter Milan stepped onto the pitch against Hellas Verona in their last game and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 84.4% received passes rate by connecting on 459 of the 544 passing targets in their last game. Inter Milan tried 13 dribbles in this game and completed 6 of those attempts for a percentage of 46.2%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Inter Milan walked away from the pitch at a 33.3% rate by putting 6 shots on target of 18 total shots. Inter Milan sports an average of 2.29 g/90 (32 total goals) and have accounted for 25 assists in all games for the season.
Romelu Lukaku is a player who should impact this matchup for Inter Milan. He has 52 assists while tallying 27 yellow cards so far in his career. Lukaku has been given a starting assignment in 309 matchups during his pro soccer career while scoring 0.57 goals per 90. The forward hailing from Belgium has accumulated 179 goals scored in 28,019 professional minutes played. One more player who should impact this match is Lautaro Martinez, the forward hailing from Argentina. Martinez has been on the field for 7,800 minutes during 88 career starting assignments and has been handed 23 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 12 times in his career while he has scored 48 total goals. He sports an average of 0.55 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man protecting the net for Inter Milan will be Samir Handanovic. Handanović (248-139-142 mark in his career) has totaled 184 shutouts, which gives him a 34.7% shutout percentage. The goalkeeper born in Slovenia has had 2,188 shots tried against him in 530 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.12 (592 goals allowed) and he has a save % of .735. Handanović has been on the pitch for a total of 47,543 mins and has accumulated 1,613 stops so far in his career.
For their last match, Crotone went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against Parma. Crotone had a 52.2% successful dribble percentage by converting 12 out of the 23 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by connecting on 327 out of their 403 passes they tried earning a rate of 81.1%. Crotone had 6 shots attempted out of the team's 11 shots attempted giving them a 54.5% rate in their last outing. Having tallied 13 goals and 8 assists in all their contests, Crotone averages 0.93 goals and 0.57 assists per 90 minutes.
Simy should be someone to watch for Crotone. He is averaging 0.49 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 110 games during his soccer career. The forward representing Nigeria has been on the field for 10,549 minutes while earning 57 goals. He has collected 15 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times. You should also keep an eye on Salvatore Molina, the midfielder representing Italy. Molina has been given 37 yellow card cautions in 14,522 professional minutes played (167 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.07. He has 11 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 24 different times.
Alex Cordaz will reside in front of the net for Crotone. In his career, Cordaz has given up 386 goals and has racked up 851 stops in 316 starts. He has allowed 1.23 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 105-85-125. He sports a save % of .699 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 23.4%. Cordaz has totaled 74 clean sheets while seeing 1,229 shots attempted against him in 28,312 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Inter Milan (-455)
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