Hellas Verona vs. Genoa 1893 / Serie A – The last match in the Italian Serie A is also a derby of the round, because it brings us the penultimate Verona and 17th Genoa, which currently has only one point more. Otherwise, both teams won the placement in the Coppa Italia finals last week, while their last mutual duels took place two seasons ago in the same rank, when Genoa celebrated at home with 2-0, while it was 1-1 in Verona he was unresolved. Begins: 04.12.2017. – 21:00 CET
But we also have to know that Verona has not been defeated for more than 20 years in home matches with Genoa, while in the recent history of the elite rank, they met three times and made two draws and one victory. On the other hand, Verona was defeated in Genoa three times in a row, so they have a lot of motives in this match, and certainly that one of them is that with the eventual victory they would escape from the relegation zone after a long time.
Namely, in the last round against Sassuolo, they celebrated with 2-0 and thus ended a series of five defeats, but they also came closer to Genoa and SPAL to one point of difference. And how much that triumph against Sassuolo meant to them is best confirmed by their last season's performance in Coppa Italia, where they celebrated after the penalty against their city rivals Chievo. We should also add that the injured center-back Bianchetti, midfielder Zaccagna and striker Pazzini are out of action at the moment, as well as the suspended striker Heurtaux and striker Fares.
Probable lineups Hellas Verona: Nicolas – Romulo, Caceres, Caracciolo, Souprayen – Bessa, Zuculini – Buchel, Valoti, Verde – Cerci
As for the guests from Genoa, they are welcoming this derby in a good mood, since they in the last two championship matches recorded a guest victory over Crotona and a home draw with the favoured Roma, while they during the last week celebrated in the Italian Cup on their field with 1-0 over Crotona. Of course, for this revival of Genoa, the most rewarding is their new coach Ballardini, who arrived at the helm of this team after three championship defeats.
Namely, after his arrival, Genoa has not lost any matches, and most importantly, they have finally escaped from the relegation zone, so they are now much more reluctant to travel to a direct competitor in the struggle for survival. Otherwise, Ballardini managed to rest a few starters in the Cup, so they will now be completely ready for the duel with Verona, unlike the injured strikers Galabini and Pellegrini.
Probable lineups Genoa 1893: Perin – Izzo, Spolli, Zukanovic – Rosi, Rigoni, Veloso, Bertolacci, Laxalt – Lapadula, Taarabt
Hellas Verona vs. Genoa 1893 PICK
Even though both teams are in the dangerous zone, they are welcoming this match in a solid form, but we have decided to give slight advantage to Verona because they have a series of five wins and four draws in their home matches with Genoa.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Verona
Odds: 1.72 at betvictor (down to 1.67 can be played)
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