Livorno vs Verona by JerryDrake

Livorno are struggling to avoid relegation and tomorrow they will host Verona, a team which can compete for the Europa League qualifying, but which also had a short break in the last weeks.


The Amaranto are 17th in Serie A with 20 points, 5 wins, 5 draws, 14 defeats and 24 goals scored and 42 goals conceded. The Scaligeri are 6th together with Parma and Torino, just 3 points behind Inter and the Europa League: 11 wins, 3 draws and 10 defeats for them.


If we look only at the results held by Livorno at home and Verona on the road, it comes to a balanced game: 3-3-6 (14/19) for Livorno and 3-2-6 (17/21 for Verona).


These teams will meet for the first time in Serie A in Livorno. Until now there have been 7 Livorno wins, 7 draws and only 3 Verona wins in the 17 games they have played one against the other in Serie B. The first meeting they have had in Serie A has been won by Verona 2-1.


Back to this seasons' results: Livorno improved with the arrival of new coach Di Carlo and they could get 2 wins over Sassuolo and Cagliari, 1 draw in Catania and only one defeat against Genoa. In the next weeks they will host Napoli and then play at Marassi against Sampdoria.


Verona have met 3 top teams in the last 6 rounds: 0-3 to Napoli at home on Jan. 12, 1-3 to Roma at home on Jan. 26, 2-2 draw in Verona on February 9. In the list we can add another big name like Milan (Milan won 1-0 on Jan. 19) and a strong one recently like Torino (1-3 defeat at home on Feb. 17). The only win Verona could obtained in these last weeks has been in Reggio Emilia when Verona defeated Sassuolo 3-1 against a team plenty of newcomers.


I see a motivated home side which will miss some important players like Piccini and Ceccherini in the defense as well as Luci and Benassi in the midfield. Coda and Rinaudo do not guarantee the trust I look for when I read a line-up. Even so, we must admit that they are fit upfront with Paulinho and Emeghara.


On the other side I see a team who had to leave many points against strong teams recently. They will miss only Maietta and Halfredsson. Former Roma player Marquinho should be in the starting line-up while upfront you can never know what happens if Gomez, Iturbe and Luca Toni are inspired.


With Chievo facing Catania in the relegation zone (Chievo 18 points, Catania 19 points) and Sassuolo (17 points) playing in Rome against Lazio and Bologna (21 points) hosting Roma tonight, a draw can be seen as a positive result for Livorno. We shall never forget that Verona have lost Jorginho and then met strong teams in these last weeks while they have had no mercy when they visited Sassuolo in their only game against weaker teams. So, with a draw Livorno keep a good position, Verona make a little step closer to their target (avoid relegation) and keep open the possibility to fight for a Europa League place.


In a few words, I dont trust the general opinion that Livorno made well in the last weeks, and because of this and because of the fact that they "must" win, they will win. Also Catania had to win, remember, against Livorno? With those players missing they can be satisfied with one point. Then, if Verona want to make presents, I can not know it.


Correct score: 1-1 Toni, Paulinho.


Bet: Draw, 3.40 Marathonbet, stake: 6/10


Livorno (3-5-2): Bardi, Coda, Rinaudo, Castellini, Mbaye, Greco, Emerson, Duncan, Mesbah, Emeghara, Paulinho. Reserves: Anania, Aldegani, Gemiti, Valentini, Biagianti, Bartolini, Mosquera, Belfodil, Borja. Trainer: Di Carlo


Verona (4-3-3): Rafael, Cacciatore, Marques, Moras, Agostini, Romulo, Donadel, Marquinho, Iturbe, Toni, Gomez. Reserves: Nicolas, Borra, Sala, Albertazzi, Donsah, Donati, Cirigliano, Gonzalez, Cacia, Martinho, Jankovic. Trainer: Mandorlini


Injured: Siligardi, Piccini, Luci (Livorno), Maietta (Verona)


Suspended: Ceccherini, Benassi (Livorno), Halfredsson (Verona)

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