Our football match prediction:
Pescara desperately needed a win against Genoa at the weekend and they got one. The Delfini hammered the Rossoblu 5-0 at their Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia in their last league game, with the team putting an end to their seven-match winless run in the Serie A. However, Pescara are ten points behind the “safe zone” in the standings and they need to keep on raising their form if they are to avoid relegation to Serie B. Chievo were not capable of matching high-flying Napoli at the weekend, but they are regarded as favourites to win Sunday’s football clash against the rock-bottom team. The Delfini did crush Genoa on home soil, but considering that they conceded 11 goals in last three away games in the Italian top flight, we predict that the Mussi Volanti will return to winning ways on Matchday 26. In their last meeting in the “City of Love” (2012) Chievo emerged triumphant (2-0).
Highlighted Player (Valter Birsa):
After making just one appearance for Primorje in the 2003/2004 campaign, Valter Birsa joined Gorica at the age of 17. He impressed with the Slovenian outfit, scoring 26 goals in 61 league matches and, as a result, earned a lucrative move to Sochaux. The left-footed midfielder, who plays as a winger as well, did not score too many goals for the French outfit (8), but it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Auxerre (in 2009) before his contract expired. Despite being on Liverpool’s radar, Birsa joined Genoa on 2 February 2011 and he made nine league appearances for the Rossoblu in the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign. After ending his loan spell with Torino in 2013 he joined Italian giants Milan, in what was a swap deal for Luca Antonini, who moved to Genoa. Valter Birsa has 12 caps for Slovenia U21 and he represented the Slovenian national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 9 September, 2009 against Poland.
Highlighted Team (Pescara):
Pescara are an Italian football club that play in the Serie A. The Delfini (The Dolphins) returned to the Italian top flight at the end of the 2015/2016 season and it has to be noted that they competed in six seasons in the elite division (1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13). Pescara play their home matches at Stadio Adriatico, the stadium that was opened in 1955 and renovated in 2009. The club’s main rivals are Lazio and Verona, but the likes of Chieti, Virtus and L’Aquila are considered Pescara’s bitter rivals as well. Vicenza and Messina are regarded as Gemellaggi (Twinning) with Pescara. Delfini have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but it has to be noted that they won the Serie B twice (1986/1987, 2011/2012). The colour of Pescara’s home kit is white and blue, while the team’s away kit is dark blue.