Saturday 06/09/2014, 19:00, Italy Serie B, Round 1 Latina vs Crotone
Latina vs Crotone Betting Preview
Latina had an excellent season in 2013 and secured a playoffs berth, but failed to advance to Serie A after losing both legs to Cesena. They will make another attempt this season and in order to finish on the podium or at least on a spot eligible for decisive games, they need to make the most of home pitch advantage. Crotone found itself in a similar position last year, as they fail to take advantage of an otherwise promising season, by losing at home to Bari in the decisive game.
Latina vs Crotone Betting Odds
Latina 1.85, Draw 3.30, Crotone 4.40
Latina vs Crotone Betting Tips
Latina didn't play any friendly games since the regular season ended, but got the chance to test its players in 2 cup fixtures. They won the first at penalty shootouts, but got once again pit against Bari and this time, their opponents avenged the defeat suffered in the playoffs last season.
The biggest reason for concern has to do with the manner in which they perform offensively, as the strikers failed to score against defensive minded teams. What makes Latina stand out from the crowd is the fact that it routinely uses three strikers, something that is not customary for Italian teams in Serie B.
Latina transferred out both Brazilian strikers, which means that this year they will have to rely exclusively on Italian players upfront. Paolucci, Petagna and Mangini are probably going to play together this afternoon, in an attempt of containing the offensive threat posed by Crotone.
The visitors are only dangerous when given the chance to box opponents in, but they will have a hard time doing that without Bernardeschi and Pettinari. The two strikers were transferred during the season break, with the former now playing for Fiorentina which leaves the visitors with very few alternatives. Torregrossa and Padovan are the most likely candidates, but both of them are young and inexperienced.
- The visitors are toothless after selling their best strikers and would gladly settle for a draw on the road.
- The two teams only met twice in Serie B and each time the traveling team prevailed.
Latina vs Crotone Betting Prediction
The odds for the hosts to prevail are not big enough to provide punters with an incentive to place a large bet, but accurately reflect the difference between the two teams. The problem is that they will probably keep dropping, so it would be wise not to wait until kickoff, but place a wager right now on Latina to win.
Bet: Latina @ 1.85 with Bet365