Carpi vs Benevento
Italian Serie B Play-off Final, 1st Leg
Date: Sunday, 4th June 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Sandro Cabassi (Carpi).
Carpi and Benevento clash in the final play-off of the Serie B for a place in the Italy’s top football league next season. The finals will be held across two home and away legs, first of which will be played at Carpi’s home ground, the Stadio Sandro Cabassi on Sunday.
The head-coach Fabrizio Castori is the man who earned Carpi their first ever promotion to Serie A season by winning the Serie B in 2014/15. But Biancorossi didn’t survive in their first attempt and immediately relegated back to the second division. Now, the same man has another chance to bring the club back to Serie A.
With the 0-1 away win at Frosinone, Carpi has now extended their unbeaten run to 8 matches with 5 wins and 3 draws. At home, they haven’t lost a match since March, again 8 matches split across 5 wins and 3 draws.
Benevento are the underdogs and they are one of the surprise team to make into into the play-offs. They only reached Serie B for the first time in their history at the start of this season. Now, they are aiming to add another feather to their hats by immediately getting up to the premier league.
The Stregoni are unbeaten in their last 7 matches with 5 wins and 2 draws. At home, they picked up 4 wins on the bounce including the decisive first leg semi final win against Perugia. They are a poor away side having won just 5 of their 21 matches so far this season.
Carpi vs Benevento: Head-to-head
Benevento were unbeaten in the two Serie B meetings against Carpi during the regular season. They drew 1-1 at the the Sandro Cabassi, before a 3-0 comfortable win in the return leg.
Overall, the teams had met on four occasions in the recent decade. The two other meetings were in the lower division Liga Pro. Carpi have a home draw and away win during the period.
Carpi vs Benevento: Prediction
This will be another tight clash, having both teams given nothing in their two legs of the semifinals. Only four goals were scored combining four matches, sending signs of how this could turn out to be.
The main problem for Carpi in this fixture is the absense of their two key defenders. The stalwarts Riccardo Gagliolo and Aljaz Struna were sent-off in the semifinal second leg clash Frosinone leaving Fabrizio Castori with few options as replacement. We wouldn’t be surprised if Benevento egde a narrow 1-0 win here.
One man to stand out in the recent month is Benevento’s 21 year old forward George Puscas. He scored the all important goal in the 1-1 draw against Perugia in the second leg, having previously helped to overcome Spezia with a decisive strike in the quarterfinals. The Romanian youngster have now scored 4 goals in his last five appearance is the man to back as any-time scorer in this fixture.