Verona vs Cittadella
Italian Serie B Play-offs
Date: Sunday, 2 June 2019
Kick-Off 20:15 UK / 21:15 CET
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona).
Cittadella made an enormous step towards earning their maiden top flight appearance thanks to a 2-0 victory in the first leg of the promotional play-offs final on Thursday.
Striker Davide Diaw was the hero as his brace made all the difference between the two teams three days ago.
Will this clean sheet win be enough for Roberto Venturato’s troops to make it to the elite class in spite of coming eighth at the end of the regular season in Serie B.
Verona were looking to make it just one year spell of loan in the second division football, but the mentioned loss on Thursday makes the immediate class return very tough mission to accomplish going into the return tie at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.
Interestingly, Verona were by no means outplayed on the evening, but the reality is they have a very tricky result to battle here.
Can they overcome the deficit and emerge victorious on Sunday?
Verona vs Cittadella: Head-to-head
Cittadella clearly built on a 3-0 victory from a month ago when they hosted I Gialloblu in the regular season.
Citta thus won two on the spin at home against Verona with a goal difference of 5-0 along the way.
However, Verona clinched three wins and a draw in last four home outings against Citta who have failed to find the back of the net in each of last three visits to Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.
Verona vs Cittadella: Prediction
Verona demolished Cittadella 4-0 when teams met each other in the first part of the season. It is a performance I Gialloblu will try to build on coming into this return tie. They eliminated Perugia and Pescara so far in the play-offs conceding just once in three games in the process.
Nonetheless, it is hard to expect I Gialloblu to keep a clean sheet here knowing about Cittadella’s attacking form in recent travels. Venturato’s men bagged at least two goals in four of last five away matches in Serie B.
One goal at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi might just be enough for the visitors to push them to the elite class for the first time in their history.
Verona need to take more risk in the final third and Citta have predators capable of exploiting any holes such attacking approach might cause.
This is why we expect to witness an open contest as the Over 2.5 goals FT looks sweet at 2.10 odds.
Verona vs Cittadella: Bet Tips
Verona to win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10 (11/10).