Our prediction for this Serie B match:
After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Cagliari on Matchday 8, Genoa will look to return to winning ways in Serie B when they take on Cosenza on Saturday. The Rossoblu have been impressive at the back of late, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Cosenza. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but Poland midfielder Filip Jagiello could sneak into the starting XI.
Cosenza, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Reggina, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the promotion-chasing visitors. Pietro Martino is sidelined through suspension, while both Aldo Florenzi and Sauli Vaisanen are out of contention with injuries. In their last encounter in the Italian second tier Genoa defeated Cosenza 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Strootman):
After starting his senior career at Sparta Rotterdam, Kevin Strootman joined fellow Dutch side Utrecht in 2011. The defensive midfielder, who was born on February 13, 1990 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands, then moved to PSV where he established himself as a first-team regular. Strootman was then spotted by AS Roma scouts and in 2013 he decided to take a step forward in his career by joining the Giallorossi.
On March 9, 2014, the Dutch footballer sustained a serious knee injury that made him miss the remainder of the 2013/2014 Serie A season. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well, but he returned to contention on November 9, 2014. Kevin Strootman played for Roma until August 28 when he signed a five-year contract with Olympique Marseille.
Speaking of his international career, Strootman made his Netherlands debut against Austria in 2011 and he scored his first ever goal for the Dutch national team in Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland. Kevin Strootman’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Genoa):
Genoa Football Club is an Italian football club founded in 1893 and is the oldest Italian football club in the nation. The club plays its home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which holds a capacity of 41 000 seats. Genoa FC shares the stadium with their rival UC Sampdoria. The club colors of Genoa are Red and Blue. Genoa FC is also known as Grifoni.
Genoa FC has a very rich football history. The club won the Serie A in 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1915, 1923 and 1924.Since 1924 the club didn’t won any major prizes. Like almost every football club in Italy the Genoa FC history has it’s black pages as well. Important players in the history of Genoa FC are: Gilardino, Toni and Hernan Crespo.