It is do or die for 20th placed Hellas Verona when they host AC Milan on the matchday 25 of the Italian Serie A at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.
Verona’s 22 points from 34 matches means they need a win on Monday evening to keep their chances of avoiding relegation. But things are not entirely in their own hands as a win for the 17th placed Carpi against Empoli will send Verona to second division regardless of what they achieve against Milan on Monday evening.
AC Milan are 6th in the league and they still have a slight chance to make it to the Europa League next season by finishing above Fiorentina, who are six points above them. They have started well under new coach Cristian Brocchi with a win and a draw and it’s important for them to carry on the momentum until the end of the season.
Hellas Verona are on a 3 match losing streak and have only won once in their last 8. They have also lost 6 of their last 8 and a win and draw during the period gave them a meagre 4 points from a possible 24.
Verona have also lost in their last three home matches, but they were on a 4 unbeaten run prior to that. Their last 6 home matches have seen over 2.5 goals and Verona have scored at least a goal in 5 of them.
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last two league matches, with a win and a draw, but lost in their previous two. Milan’s last away match was a 1-0 win against Sampdori and they were on a 4 match win-less streak prior to that.
Verona: Team News
Mohamed Fares will miss the match through injury, while Samuel Souprayen and Federico Viviani are suspended.
There is enough head ache for head-coach Luigi Delneri as Filip Helander and Luca Toni are both doubts after failing to pass fitness.
Verona: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Albertazzi, Moras, Bianchetti, Pisano,
Wszolek, Marrone, Ionita, Emanuelson,
AC Milan: Team News
M’Baye Niang and Andrea Bertolacci are the players injured for Milan, while Mario Balotelli and Alex are suspended.
Philippe Mexes is likely to replace the suspended Alex, while Cristian Zapata is also an option. Luiz Adriano is expected to partner Carlos Bacca in attack in place of Balotelli.
AC Milan: Starting Line-up (4-3-1-2)
Antonelli, Romagnoli, Mexes, Abate,
Kucka, Montolivo, Poli,
Verona vs AC Milan: Head-to-Head Stats
AC Milan are unbeaten in the last four games against Hellas Verona. However, the last two games between the sides end in scored draws.
Verona’s last win over AC Milan came at home on September 2013 by a 2-1 margin.
Verona have played against Milan on 13 occasions since they won promotion to Serie A in 1996 and the stats reads AC Milan – 6 wins, Verona 2 wins and 5 draws.
While playing at home, the head-to-head record of Verona over Roma is 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
Verona vs AC Milan: Preview and Prediction
Verona are in a terrible form and they must win this and reminder of the games in the season to save themselves from relegation. At the same time, even if they win this match, their fate will be eventually decided if Carpi win against Empoli later that day. So they have nothing to lose and will be playing for their fans.
While AC Milan would like to win on Monday and push for the final Europa league spot by putting pressure on Fiorentina until the end of the current season. Either ways, both teams are in desperate need of a win, but definitely Verona has less pressure.
My Prediction for this match is a 1-1 draw and I keep tabs on Verona to do the impossible.
Verona vs AC MIlan: Betting Tips
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals.
Risky Bet: Double Chance – Verona win or Draw