League: ITALY: Serie A – Round 27
Match: 16:00 Benevento – Verona
Prediction: BTS – Yes
Average odds: 1.61
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 3:0 LOST


A rescheduled game from round 27 takes places on Wednesday between Verona and Benevento, who sit second-bottom and bottom of Serie A (SA), respectively.
Benevento can prepare for life in Serie B already as they only have three wins in 26 games and just ten points, leaving them a massive 16 points off safety. Known as ‘the Sorcerers’, Benevento will need a lot more than magic to turn things around this season!
Verona (along with Benevento) gained promotion from Serie B last year but could head straight back down if things don’t improve quickly. This is their game in hand on 17th-placed Spal (and safety) and they must win here to close the gap to a solitary point.
The reverse fixture featured a red card for Benevento in the first half and it took Verona 37 minutes after the red card to score the only goal of the game and claim the three points.
Former experienced Premier League veteran Bacary Sagna will be missing for Benevento which could prove pivotal, as Verona tend to capitalise on counter attacks.
Benevento might be bottom of SA but Verona’s statistics for average shots per game of 9.6, average possession per game of 43.2% and average pass rate of 74.5% – still makes Benevento look good!
Players to watch: Verona’s top scorer with four goals to his name is 18-year-old Moise Kean. After recently scoring a brace against Fiorentina, the Juventus loanee is looking to impress.
Benevento are investing in their own youth by giving 18-year-old Enrico Brignola a chance. Scoring three goals in 11 games has made him the club’s top scorer.
Stat attack: Benevento have won nine points at home in their last five games: W3, D0, L2. Scoring and conceding eight goals in the aforementioned fixtures makes an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Verona have only won one of their last five away games and only scored in that win. Those games saw 15 goals – an average of three goals per game.