Our prediction for this Serie B match:
After suffering a 3-2 loss to Genoa in their Coppa Italia opener, Benevento will look to return to winning ways when they kick off the new Serie B campaign with a home game against Cosenza. The Yellow-Reds are seen as one of the main candidates for promotion, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. One of the men to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Diego Farias as Gianluca Lapadula joined Cagliari earlier this summer.
Cosenza, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Bologna in the opening match of their Coppa Italia campaign. When Benevento and Cosenza met in a pre-season friendly last month the Rossoblu emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Cosenza top scorer from last season Michele Camporese is no longer part of the team.
Highlighted Player (Gianluca Lapadula):
Gianluca Lapadula, also known as Lapagol, due to his goalscoring abilities, was born in Turin and started his career at Juventus youth team, but was released because he wasn’t doing well in his studies. After the departure with Juventus, Lapadula perfected his goalscoring skills in lower Italian leagues and even spent one year in NK Gorica, Slovenia.
During his spell in Ravenna, he managed to finish the season 2012/13 as the top scorer in the group, netting 24 goals in the process. For a long period of time, the 28-year-old was Parma’s player, but he went on loans often, and, after Parma went bankrupt, Lapagol moved to Pescara. With 30 goals in 43 appearances, the striker caught the eye of Serie A giant Milan. He netted his first goal for the Rossoneri only three minutes after he came on as a substitute.
The following season Lapagol became the striker of Genoa. Even though he was called to play for Peru, the Genoa hitman decided to represent Italy, getting his first call to the senior squad in November 2016. However, he never made an official appearance for Italy, since he only played an unofficial friendly against San Marino, when he scored a hat-trick.