Pescara hosts Verona in the second leg of Italian Serie B playoffs semifinals. The match will be played on Sunday, May 26th at Stadio Adriatico - Giovanni Cornacchia (Pescara)
Pescara received a certain freebie - apparently, Palermo will be sent to Serie C, so Perugia played in the playoffs for the promotion to Serie A, and Pescara moved up a step - they began their march not from the quarterfinal but from the semifinal.
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Pescara is clearly not a team from the time of Domenech - this can be understood if we compare their expected goals(xG) and real goals with xGA and real goals conceded - the difference xG/xGA is negative, and the difference between real goals/conceded goals is positive). It is clear that it’s not a special style of Pescara.
Verona was a rather formidable force in this season of Serie B, but they took only sixth place, so the Veronese started their way from the quarterfinal stage of the playoffs for promotion to Serie A.
Verona faced with an adventure in the quarterfinals: the match with Perugia was excellent at first - they led 1-0 (Samuel Di Carmine scored), and Perugia had suffered a sending-off (Christian Couan picked up a red card). It would seem that promotion to the semifinals is secured, but at the end of the match, a penalty was awarded against Verona. Luca Vido managed to convert it, and the teams were waiting for extra time. But it stands to mention that Verona had almost no problems - Alan Empereur managed to score after 11 minutes of the first extra-time. After that, Giampaolo Pazzini scored a double. As a result - Verona’s victory with a 4: 1 score.
The first match ended with a 0:0 score. Such a result is a signal and a message for the teams, which encourages them to take less risk, because any mistake could deprive them of the final playoffs for promotion to Serie A.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored