Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Benevento and Monza face each other at Stadio Ciro Vigorito in a postponed Serie B fixture. Benevento aim to extend their winning run to five games, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Peru international Gianluca Lapadula, who scored a brace in a 2-0 win over Ternana.
Monza, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win. The Biancorossi are high on confidence ahead of the first game of the year, and we are positive that they will pick up one point from Thursday’s clash. All Carlos Augusto, Ciurria, and Mazzitelli are pushing for a start as the trio managed to find the net in a 3-2 win over Frosinone. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Stadio Ciro Vigorito.
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.