Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Torino and Verona square off against each other at Stadio Olimpico di Torino in the Serie A round 16. Il Toro did well to crush Parma 3-0 at the weekend, with the team scoring two goals in the dying minutes of the match. The Bulls regained a much-needed confidence, and they are surely capable of matching Verona at home ground. Despite failing to find the net on Matchday 15. Andrea Belotti will lead the line for the hosts against the Mastini.
Cristian Ansaldi remains in the treatment room for the hosts. Verona, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Inter, with the team beating Spezia thanks to Zaccagni’s goal. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Stadio Olimpico di Torino as Il Toro have been showing signs of improvement of late. The likes of Benassi, Di Carmine, Favilli, and Vieira are all likely to miss the game with injuries for the Mastini.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Belotti):
Andrea Belotti began his youth career at Grumellese at the age of 10 and after spending three years at the club, he joined Albinolefe in 2006. As expected, he made his senior debut for the club on 10 March, 2012 and it has to be noted that the Italian striker scored 14 goals in 37 league appearances for the Seriani. Belotti, who was born on 20 December, 1993, joined Palermo on loan in 2013 and in July, 2014 the Sicilian outfit turned his loan move to a co-ownership.
The Italian attacker scored 16 goals for Palermo in 62 league appearances for the club and on 18 August, 2015 he signed a deal with Torino for a fee of €7.5 million.
Three months later he scored first goal in the Italian top flight for Torino and he helped the team record a 2-0 win over Bologna. Andrea Belotti has 18 caps for Italy U21 and he scored nine goals for the team.
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.