Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Stadio Luigi Ferraris will host Saturday’s football game between Genoa and Verona, the two mid-table sides. Genoa made a slow start to the season, but thanks to their brilliant displays in 2021 they climbed to 11th place in the stable. The Rossoblu are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home ground, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. All Biraschi, Paleari, and Criscito are sidelined through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Mastini, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Udinese, with the team beating Parma in the “City of Love” on Monday evening. Verona have been struggling on the travels of late, but they are surely capable of holding Genoa to a draw behind closed doors. Dimarco is banned for the match, while Salcedo, Kalinic, Benassi, Ceccherini, Favilli, and Dawidowicz are all out of contention through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Mattia Perin):
Mattia Perin is an Italian footballer who was born on 10 November, 1992 in Latina, Italy. Perin played for the likes of A.S.D. Pro Cisterna, Pistoiese and Genoa during his youth career and he continued to play for the Rossoblu at senior level. The Italian goalkeeper has been playing for Genoa since 2010, but it has to be noted that he spend some time on loan at Padova and Pescara between 2011 and 2013.
Perin played for Italy U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in the past and he made his debut for the Azzurri at senior level on 18 November, 2014, in a 1-0 win over Albania in a friendly match. He replaced Sirigu in the second half of the match.
The Italian shot-stopper tore his anterior cruciate ligament on 9 April, 2016 and, as a result, he did not represent Italy at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. Mattia Perin managed to keep eight clean sheets in 25 appearances for Genoa in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign.
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.