Benevento vs Carpi
Italian Serie B Play-off Final, 2nd Leg
Date: Thursday, 8th June 2017
Kick off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Ciro Vigorito (Benevento).
Benevento did an exceptionally good job to hold Carpi to a goal-less draw in the first leg of the finals to set up an exciting clash in the second leg. However, Carpi might have the better of advantages here as a draw could see them booking their tickets for the Serie A.
The Stregoni were tactically sound since their 2-1 quarter final win against Spezia. In the semis, they met another tough opponent in Perugia and edged them 2-1 in aggregate which was nicely setup by a 1-0 home win, which was finished off by a 1-1 draw in the return leg away from home.
Benevento are unbeaten in their last eight matches with 5 wins and 3 draws. At home, they have 5 wins and a draw from their last six. But there are only two clean-sheets in the process.
Carpi are looking to claw back to the Serie A after spending just one season in the second division. Just like Benevento, Carpi started their promotion quest with a quarterfinal win against Cittadella 2-1 before edging Frosinone by a 1-0 aggregate in the semifinal.
The Biancorossi are on a nine match unbeaten run with 5 wins and 4 draws in their bag. Away from home, they are unbeaten in the last four with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Benevento vs Carpi: Head-to-head
The teams met three times this season, with Benevento keeping an unbeaten record with two away draws and a home win. During the regular season, Benevento won 3-0 at home earlier this season.
Four of the last five matches between the sides have seen under 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring only on 2 occasions.
Benevento vs Carpi: Prediction
This is a tight one to call with both teams expected to put safety as primary option. However, an early goal could change this, opening the prospect for an end-to-end attacking game.
We expect this game to go in an opposite direction of that of the previous rounds. Goals are expected with over 2.5 goals being one of the best options. And Benevento are slight favourites to edge this one by a 1-goal margin.
Benevento vs Carpi: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 2.40 odds by Betfair
FT – Benevento to win for 2.47 odds by Pinnacle.