MX23RW : Thursday, October 29 08:17:48| >> :600:197771:197771:
Sep 20, 2020 at 2pm UK at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
Destro (6'), Pandev (9'), Zappacosta (34'), Pjaca (75')
Zappacosta (37'), Zajc (41'), Pandev (44'), Ghiglione (70')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Riviere (28')
Molina (29'), Mazzotta (32')

Preview: Genoa vs. Crotone - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Serie A fixture between Genoa and Crotone, including team news and predicted lineups.

Genoa begin their 2020-21 Serie A campaign with a home clash against Crotone on Sunday afternoon, a fixture which comes just six weeks after they narrowly avoided relegation to the second tier.

They face opponents in Crotone who are back in Italy's top flight after finishing as runners-up in Serie B last season.

Match preview

Cagliari manager Rolando Maran© Reuters

After their inconsistency throughout last season, it took three wins from their remaining five matches for Genoa to retain their top-flight status for a 14th year in succession.

All things considered, it was a near miss for one of Italian's football oldest clubs, but they have been proactive in trying to recover from the wake-up call they were given at a time when finances are just as important as matters on the pitch.

Andrea Pinamonti and Mattia Destro have had their loan moves turned into permanent deals, while the acquisition of Lazio midfielder Milan Badelj could also prove to be a shrewd piece of business.

Genoa have recently appointed the experienced Rolando Maran, who has a point to prove after he was dismissed at Cagliari in March due to going 12 matches without a win.

As for Crotone, they are back in Serie A for just the third time in their history after responding positively to their relegation back in 2017-18.

Although they only claimed 12th spot during the following campaign, I Pitagorici won over half their games last year to finish the season in second spot, seven points above third.

Nigerian forward Simeon Nwankwo has emerged as their star performer, netting 34 times over the last two campaigns to secure Crotone's return to the big time.

Giovanni Stroppa has also won the race to sign Chilean prospect Luis Rojas for £2.16m, a significant outlay for a team who will acknowledge that they are one of the favourites for relegation.

Genoa form (pre-season friendlies): WW

Crotone form (pre-season friendlies): W

Team News

Lasse Schone in action for Genoa in February 2020.© Reuters

Genoa are expected to start with a five-man midfield, with the experienced Lasse Schone taking his place in the middle.

Destro is in line to start in attack, but the home side are without the suspended Francesco Cassata and Andrea Masiello.

Crotone are also having to contend with a ban as Jean Lambert Evans sits out the first match of the season.

Stroppa could line up in a similar style to counterpart Maran, using Junior Messias to partner Nwankwo in attack.

Genoa possible starting lineup:
Perin; Biraschi, Zapata, Goldaniga; Ghiglione, Lerager, Schone, Zajc, Criscito; Destro, Pandev

Crotone possible starting lineup:
Cordaz; Magallan, Marrone, Golemic; Rispoli, Henrique, Cigarini, Zanellato, Molina; Nwankwo, Messias

SM words green background

We say: Genoa 2-1 Crotone

Given their close call last season, it has to be expected that Genoa will be much improved during this campaign. While Crotone may have first-game adrenaline running through their team, we feel that the home side will edge out the newcomers this weekend.


Who will win Sunday's Serie A clash between Genoa and Crotone?

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Pescara coach Cristiano Bergodi gestures to his team during the match against Sampdoria on January 27, 2013
Read Next:
Pescara sack Cristiano Bergodi
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
1AC Milan5410124813
4Inter Milan5311138510
7Atalanta BCAtalanta5302151239
8Hellas VeronaHellas Verona52215238

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!