In these Verona vs. Spezia predictions, it’s a relegation dogfight, with both teams desperate for three points. With so much on the line ahead of the winter break, a stalemate at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi could be on the cards.
- Verona vs. Spezia odds 1 – Full-time draw -45/17
- 2 – Spezia by a single goal – 9/2
- M’Bala Nzola to score at any time – 3/1
- Over 2.5 goals – 4 – 8/7
- 3/4 – Both teams to score – 5
Verona welcomes Spezia to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi in a match between two of Serie A’s bottom five teams. The Gialloblu have won all but one of their last six meetings with their weekend opponents. However, the Aquilotti are the favorites for the match on Sunday.
Following a busy summer transfer window, the campaign has been a significant disappointment for Spezia. Thiago Motta was fired in the summer and replaced by Luca Gotti, and the Aquilotti have only won two of their first 13 games.
Fortunately for Sunday’s visitors, their opponents have had an even worse season, with Verona currently on an eight-match losing streak and having only won once all season. The defeat to relegation candidates Monza last weekend has increased the pressure on Salvatore Bocchetti to secure an important win on Sunday, though a draw is more likely at the Bentegodi.
Overall, Spezia are slight favorites ahead of the match, having put in spirited performances in recent defeats to Milan and Fiorentina. The visitors also have an in-form forward in M’bala Nzola, who has scored twice as many goals as any other player who will play on Sunday. Our predictions for this game are Spezia to win by one goal and Nzola to score.
Despite the fact that neither team has been particularly impressive offensively this season, two poor defenses could result in a high-scoring match on Sunday. Four of the last six meetings between the teams have resulted in three or more goals. So a wager on over 2.5 on Sunday could be profitable.
Similarly, with Verona yet to keep a clean sheet this season and Spezia only doing so once, a bet on both teams to score could be profitable.
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Verona last five matches
Spezia last five matches
Lineups for Verona vs. Spezia (3-4-2-1) Deapaoli, Hongla, Veloso, Lazovic; Tameze, Kalon; Henry; Montipo, Doig, Gunter, Faraoni
Spezia (3-5-2) (3-5-2) Reca, Bourabia, Ekdal, Agudelo, Holm; Verde, Nzola; Dragowski; Ampadu, Kiwior, Hristov; Reca, Bourabia, Ekdal, Agudelo, Holm; Verde, Nzola
News from the Verona team
Giangiacomo Magnani will return to the starting lineup after serving his one-match suspension in midweek. Pawel Dawidowicz, Isak Hien, and Federico Ceccherini are expected to return to the starting lineup after missing last weekend’s defeat to Monza. Salvatore Bocchetti could go with a more attacking lineup against Verona, with Kevin Lasagna and Simone Verdi competing for starts up front.
News from the Spezia team
Simone Bastoni may be able to play on Sunday, but he will most likely be limited to the bench. Viktor Kovalenko is still out until the New Year, but Dimitrios Nikolaou is back at center-back. Arkadiusz Reca, who assisted against Milan, will be hoping for a start.
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