Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Genoa will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Reggina when they welcome Como to their Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Monday evening. The Rossoblu are still seen as one of the main candidates for automatic promotion, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to secure a top-two finish. Guven Yalcin is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while Marko Pajac misses out with an ACL problem. Fellow midfielder Petar Brlek will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Como, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Venezia, but given their four-game losing run on the travels, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Monday’s clash. As for the away side, all Nicholas Ioannou, Pancrazio Farago, Moutir Chajia, and Mauro Vigorito are out of contention through injuries. In their last meeting in the Serie B Genoa outplayed Como 3-1.
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.