Novara vs. Carpi / Serie B – According to the individual quality of these teams, it was expected they would fight for the highest ranking, but it is not exactly so in the finish of the first part of the season. Novara has particularly failed and they are somewhere around the middle of the table with a huge point behind the leading duo and with four points less than last position that leads in the playoffs. Carpi is a bit better, because they collected seven points more than their host and they are on a solid fifth place, although the leading duo has six points more before this duel. Novara had a series of three games without defeat, but in the last round they lost, while Carpi is only now in the right form and they are undefeated in the last five matches. Three seasons ago these rivals played only two mutual duels and then both teams recorded home wins with 1-0. Begins: 30.12.2016. – 17:30 CET
Novara is playing below expectations, but when we look at the flow of the season from the beginning, it can be said that things are even good now. They also had a very bad time when they very rarely celebrated and that brought them the position in the relegation zone, but then they managed to regain their composure a little bit and are now closer to the middle of the table. They had one series of four matches without defeat when they played two draws away without goals, and celebrated twice at home, however, in the last round they lost very convincingly against Entel with 4-1.
The reason for bad their bad placement lies in their poor performances and they only once celebrated away from home, but it is very interesting that this triumph was achieved against the current leader Verona and it was no less than 4-0. One short flash before and after that they lost matches in front of their fans and those are their only home defeats. Coach Boscaglia did not change the starting lineup too much in the previous three games and only in the last round Casarini was replaced by Adorjan, but he had to leave the match early because of injury, so Casarini could now play again.
Probable lineups Novara: da Costa – Troest, Mantovani, Scognamiglio – Dickmann, Farago, N.Viola, Casarini, Calderoni – Galabinov, G.Sansone
Carpi is having fewer problems than Novara this season, but we all expected a lot more from a team that last season played in Serie A. Of course, we should take into account the fact that they have significantly changed their composition after returning to the second division and therefore at the beginning they had more problems in the game than now. It seems that they are only now catching up with the right rhythm but they are undefeated in the last five games, however, the problem for Carpi is not when playing away, because they are in this segment the best in the league.
Their problem is when playing at home, because they played six draws, including the unsolved result from the last round in the derby against Verona, while they only lost once. Coach Castor had problems in the match against Verona, because when they celebrated away against Salernitana two rounds ago, Poly and Pasciuti had to leave the game early because of injury, while midfielder Sabbione got a red card, so he was not in the team. Top scorer Lasagna again scored a goal, while now Sabbione returns to the starting lineup and they should be stronger.
Probable lineups Carpi: Belec – Letizia, Romagnoli, Poli, Gagliolo – Sabbione, Crimi – Lollo, Bifulco, Di Gaudio – Lasagna
Novara vs. Carpi PICK
Novara is much better when playing at home, while Carpi is particularly unpleasant when playing away and when we add to that that both teams are playing quite well lately, it is realistic to expect that both teams will score at least one goal.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.95 at bet365 (down to 1.85 can be played)