Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sassuolo at the weekend, Hellas Verona will be looking to get back on course when they host Parma at their Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. The Mastini have been having their ups and downs after the coronavirus break, but despite their anything but good form, they remained in the top half of the table.
Midfielder Davide Faraoni served his ban against Sassuolo, meaning that he is likely to return to the starting XI. Parma, on the other hand, suffered an unlucky 2-1 loss to Inter, with the team conceding two late goals. Gervinho and Co. are eager to keep their Europa League hopes alive, but beating Verona in the “City of Love” is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Di Gaudio):
Born in Palermo, Italy on August 16, 1989, Antonio Di Gaudio is a winger who plays for Parma in Italian Seria A. Antonio Di Gaudio made his senior debut with Virtus Castelfranco in Serie D, but after scoring ten goals for the club in the 2009/2010 season, he joined Carpi.
The 169-cm-tall played 199 league games for Carpi, scoring 23 goals during his spell with the I Biancorossi. Antonio Di Gaudio then moved to Parma in 2017 and he was part of the team that secured promotion to the Serie A at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
The Italian footballer has established himself as a first-team regular at Parma and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in 36 appearances for the club in the Serie B in the 2017/2018 season. Antonio Di Gaudio began his youth career at his hometown club Palermo. His main position is left winger, but he is used as a left midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Parma):
Founded in 1913, Parma is considered one of the most famous Italian clubs. The Gialloblu play home games in white shirts with a dark blue cross and dark blue shorts. Speaking of their away colours, Parma footballers wear yellow-blue kits on the travels. Parma have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but they did well to lift the UEFA Cup trophy on two occasions (1994/1995, 1998/1999).
To make things even better for Parma fans, the Gialloblu won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1992/1993 season, with the team beating Royal Antwerp in the title game 3-1. A number of top-class footballers played for Parma in the past: Hernan Crespo, Roberto Mancini, Juan Veron, Roberto Mancini, Dino Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
The Gialloblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Ennio Tardini, which was opened in 1923. The venue can hold up to 27,906 spectators. Bologna are considered Parma’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two sides.