Verona v Brescia – Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi AT 14:00 GMT
Verona picked up their third Serie A success since promotion on Tuesday night to settle into mid-table, although head coach Ivan Juric was quick to admit that Hellas, “deserved this win less than in other games” after conquering Parma with a moment of magic thanks to an early Darko Lazovic scorcher.
The Gialloblu’s 1-0 triumph at the Stadio Tardini brought the 1985 champions up to 12 points after 10 rounds of action and the Croatian boss was quick to shrug off suggestions that Hellas are sitting comfortably. Safety remains paramount for Verona with Juric doing his best to quell expectation around the club.
Juric said, “I’ll be honest, we deserved this win less than in other games. Parma played very well and it was not easy. Perhaps we had the stroke of luck this evening that we were missing in other occasions.”
On Sunday, Hellas welcome fellow newcomers Brescia to the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi with the visitors suffering six league losses in their last eight encounters. Eugenio Corini’s charges are entrenched in Serie A’s bottom three but put in a decent effort during a midweek home reverse against Inter.
Corini maintains Le Rondinelle “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with an effort from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in for a Brescia consolation.
Brescia altered their formation, switching to a 3-5-2 system for the fixture with Alfredo Donnarumma returning to partner Mario Balotelli. Corini said, “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape.”
Few goals fancied
Brescia have only fired blanks twice since returning to the top-flight with five of their nine matches paying out for Over 2.5 Goals hunters, with the same figure also rewarding Both Teams To Score backers. However, the visitors are generating the league’s fewest open play goalscoring opportunities.
Le Rondinelle are unlikely to be given a glut of chances at the Bentegodi on Sunday either seeing as Verona rank amongst Serie A’s leaders for chance prevention. With Hellas also suffering from an impotent attacking set-up, it’s actually difficult to anticipate a high-scoring showdown at all.
With the standard goals markets to short to entertain, take a look at the Under 1 Goal angle in the first-half at 1.98. We’ll see our stake returned should exactly one goal be scored before the interval with a 0-0 scoreline at the break returning profit. Just five of the duos combined 19 contests have seen more than a solitary first-half strike this season with seven matches producing no goals at all.
Verona’s 2019/20 tussles are featuring a league-low 1.16 Expected Goals (xG) from open play average with only five divisional rivals returning a lower figure than Brescia’s 1.45 in the same metric. Goalmouth action might be few and far between as the newly-promoted pair invest their focus into survival mode.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 1.00 first-half goal at 1.980
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.