Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Verona will look to put an end to their five-game losing run in the Serie A when they take on Lecce on Matchday 13. The Mastini do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team dropping to the relegation zone, but Monday’s clash could be the turning point for the home side. Midfielder Davide Faraoni misses out through suspension, while all Darko Lazovic, Pawel Dawidowicz, Juan Cabal, and Jayden Braaf are out of contention with injuries.
The Giallorossi, on the other hand, came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Milan before the international break. Lecce, though, are not regarded as good travellers and seeing that the relegation-threatened hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Marco Baroni’s men. As for the away team, midfielder YIber Ramadani is banned for the match, while both Pontus Almqvist and Jeppe Corfitzen are sidelined with injuries.
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.