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In the basement of the Serie A Sunday afternoon a real cracker is on the program. Number twenty Benevento fights for the last chance against number nineteen Hellas Verona.
Newcomer Benevento seems to have to say goodbye to football at the highest level at an early stage. The PhD student started the season with a huge series of losses and from that bad start, the team of coach Roberto de Zerbi has not yet recovered. Lately, the low flyer occasionally manages to get some points, but that alone is not enough to prevent the degradation to the Serie B. The gap with the safe seventeenth place is eleven points and therefore the current situation is rather hopeless. In addition, Benevento has already collected sixty goals, nine goals more than number nineteen Hellas Verona. To prevent the step to the second level, Benevento will have to win matches, but that is an all but easy mission.
Benevento recently won with Crotone 3-2, which gave the club a huge boost, but last week it went wrong again at Internazionale. This is not a shame, by the way. The visitors played well with the Milanese for an hour and that’s how a stunt came in sight, but in a period of four minutes, Inter put an end to all illusions. Goals by Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia put the 2-0 final score on the board. Benevento will have to take the points against clubs from the right-hand row and the formation of De Zerbi can not afford to lose from Hellas Verona.
De Zerbi will have to form his midfield this week without Benito Viola. Viola collected two yellow cards in Milan last week and that’s what happened to him on a match suspension. Fabio Lucioni is still on the sidelines due to a doping suspension. The 30-year-old defender is no longer in action this season for that reason. Luca Antei and Marco D’Alessandro are not completely fit and they will have to make progress in order to force a place in the race selection on Sunday.
Just like Benevento, Hellas Verona is not too good, but the formation of trainer Fabio Pecchia has the advantage that the backlog in the safe seventeenth place is still playable. The hole with Crotone is only two points and a victory can be enough to leave the relegation zone. In recent weeks the form was pretty reasonable. In the away match against Fiorentina, Hellas Verona booked one of the best results of the season by surprisingly winning 1-4, but after that victory, three defeats followed. It should be noted that Hellas Verona crossed the swords with teams from the top six (AS Roma, Sampdoria and Lazio Roma) and that these losses were not too surprising.
Last week, Hellas Verona recovered by winning Torino for its own public, an extremely important result. The big man in that match was Mattia Veloti. The midfielder had not scored the entire season, but that changed against Torino. Veloti put the 1-0 score on the board and in the 77th minute it was again hit. With that second goal he took care of the 2-1 final score. It was only the fifth win of the season, but a victory with which the team was found with teams like SPAL and Crotone.
Before the game against Benevento, Pecchia will have to make at least a change. Romulo collected his fifth yellow card of the season last week and because of that he will have to cancel this match because of a suspension. Furthermore, there are some players with minor physical discomforts, but that should not affect the performance of Hellas Verona. If Hellas Verona wants to convert the game against Benevento, the visitors will have to perform something that they do not manage too often, scoring in away games. In the last six away games, Hellas Verona only managed to find the net in a duel. That immediately yielded a big win at Fiorentina.
Benevento vs Verona head to head matches
16.10.17 SA Verona Benevento 1 : 0
03.02.17 SB Verona Benevento 2 : 2
10.09.16 SB Benevento Verona 2 : 0