Benevento vs Cittadella
Italian Serie B
Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019
Kick-Off 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Ciro Vigorito (Benevento).
Benevento made a huge step towards the promotional final with a 1-2 victory in the first leg of this semi-final tie against Cittadella on Tuesday evening. They showed fantastic team spirit to claw their way back into the contest in spite of conceding an early 10th minute opener. Gli Stregoni found two late second-half goals from Roberto Insigne and Massimo Coda to take advantage of Federico Proia’s 50th-minute red card for Citta.
Insigne was Benevento’s hero as he completely shifted the cpurse of the game in his team’s side coming on at the hour-mark. We expect the Italian forward to take his place in the starting line-up in Saturday’s rematch at Stadio Ciro Vigorito, especially since head coach Christoan Bucchi won’t be able to count on Samuel Armenteros who was also sent off in the first leg.
Benevento vs Cittadella: Head-to-head
Benevento were a dominant force in the most recent head to head history against Citta.
The hosts won each of past four meetings with Cittadella, each played this season (two in the regular campaign, one in Coppa Italia and one in promotional play-offs).
Interestingly, teams saw five consecutive head to head games end with an identical 1-0 scoreline (four wins for Benevento) before Tuesday’s 1-2 victory for Gli Stregoni.
Benevento won four of five home matches against Cittadella.
Benevento vs Cittadella: Prediction
The hosts are massive favourites to pick up another victory in this match-up. They have been much better in the regular season as well. Cittadella finished the season in 8th place and were lucky to have even entered the play-offs thanks to Palermo’s suspension.
On top of this, Citta won only 3 of 18 away ties in the regular season. They scored just 11 goals in the process. Given they failed to find the back of the net in three H2H matches against Benevento this season, we will alternatively back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.50.
Benevento vs Cittadella: Bet Tips
Benevento to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Benevento to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50 (6/4).