Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Stadio Alberto Picco will host Sunday’s relegation six-pointer game between Spezia and Verona. The Bianconeri are eyeing their first league win since January 15, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Verona. A man to watch in the home team will be M’Bala Nzola, who scored a brace in the last league fixture, while all Emil Holm, Simone Bastoni, and Jeroen Zoet are out of contention with injuries.
The Mastini, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Roma and Verona in the previous two league matches, and given their poor away record (0-4-7), we do not believe that Spezia will have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. Both Milan Djuric and Thomas Henry are out of contention with injuries, while both Ajdin Hrustic and Miguel Veloso are major doubts.
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.