Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After holding Roma to a 1-1 draw at Stadio Olimpico before the World Cup break, Torino will look to return to winning ways in the Serie A when they face Verona on Wednesday afternoon. Il Toro are eyeing their third consecutive win at home ground, and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Verona. Alessandro Buongiorno is banned for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards, while fellow defender Perr Schuurs is back to contention.
The Mastini, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom with only five points on their account. The rock-bottom side failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Spezia, and seeing that Torino are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from Wednesday’s clash. All Kevin Lasagna, Marco Faraoni, and Roberto Piccolo should miss out with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Etrit Berisha):
Etrit Berisha is an Albanian goalkeeper born on 10 March 1989 in Prishtina, and he has become an important player for the Albania national team over the years. After starting his youth career in his native country, Berisha joined Swedish side as a youngster and he quickly managed to prove his worth on senior level, making 90 league appearances and even scoring 3 goals from the penalty spot.
The impressive displays in Swedish Allsvenskan earned him a lucrative move to Lazio in the summer of 2013, and he has since been vying with Federico Marchetti for a starting berth at Stadio Olimpico, making almost 40 league appearances during the first three years at the club. Berisha has also performed well for the Biancocelesti in Coppa Italia and Europa League, while helping Albania qualify for their first ever European Championship finals.
The talented goalkeeper spent every minute on the pitch during team’s successful qualifying campaign, making sure his name will be written in the Albania national team history books.
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.