Our prediction for this Serie B match:
A place in the Serie B play-offs semis will be at stake when Hellas Verona and Spezia face each other at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Friday evening. The Mastini do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, with the team recording only one victory in previous nine league fixtures. Hellas Verona regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, with the team beating Foggia in the “City of Love”, but Friday’s football game against Spezia will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
The Aquilotti were only one point behind Verona in the Serie B standings when the regular season finished, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Di Gaudio):
Born in Palermo, Italy on August 16, 1989, Antonio Di Gaudio is a winger who plays for Parma in Italian Seria A. Antonio Di Gaudio made his senior debut with Virtus Castelfranco in Serie D, but after scoring ten goals for the club in the 2009/2010 season, he joined Carpi.
The 169-cm-tall played 199 league games for Carpi, scoring 23 goals during his spell with the I Biancorossi. Antonio Di Gaudio then moved to Parma in 2017 and he was part of the team that secured promotion to the Serie A at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
The Italian footballer has established himself as a first-team regular at Parma and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in 36 appearances for the club in the Serie B in the 2017/2018 season. Antonio Di Gaudio began his youth career at his hometown club Palermo. His main position is left winger, but he is used as a left midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Verona):
Founded back in 1903, Hellas Verona are a professional football club that compete in the Italian Serie A. The “Mastini” are well known for their yellow and blue jerseys and they welcome their opponents at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Hellas Verona share rivalry with Chievo Verona and the two local rivals face each other in the “Derby della Scala”.
The first derby of Verona was played on November 18, 2001, with Hellas Verona emerging triumphant (3-2). In 1985 the Mastini won their first and only Scudetto, with the team finishing the season in top position in the Serie A standings, four points clear of second-placed Torino. The likes of Preben Elkjaer, Giuseppe Calderisi, Hans-Peter Briegel, Pietro Fanna and Antonio Di Gennaro led Hellas Verona to the historical success.
However, the most famous footballer who played for Verona is Romania international Adrian Mutu, who scored 16 goals in 57 appearances in the league for the Stadio Marc’ Antonio Bentegodi outfit. Verona will compete in the Italian top flight in the 2017/2018 season as they finished the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign in second position in the table.