Preview - Genoa vs Hellas Verona 24 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Genoa vs Hellas Verona
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Last five matches form: D W D W L
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Gianluca Lapadula (5)

Hellas Verona:
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.97
Top Scorer: Giampaolo Pazzini and Moise Kean (4)

The final game on Match Day 34 in Serie A takes place at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris as relegation threatened Hellas Verona take on Genoa.

Hellas Verona aren't quite relegated just yet, but four points adrift of safety with just five games to play, they are going to have to start making a move soon if they are going to beat the dreaded drop. Joint top scorer Moise Kean is out injured, whilst centre back Alex Ferrari is suspended. Alex Caracciolo should come back into the side though.

Genoa don't really have much left to play for this season. Sitting comfortably in 12th, they are nine points clear of the relegation zone but with no prospect of finishing higher than 11th. They have serious problems at the back ahead of this fixture with both Armando Izzo and Nicolá Spolli missing through injury.

Having won only two matches on the road all season and conceding two or more goals in 13 of their 16 away trips, it's probably asking a bit much for Verona to win this one, particularly as they haven't even scored in their past five away outings.

With Genoa's problems in defence, the away side may well get on the scoresheet here though, and Verona did beat Torino 2-1 at home earlier in the campaign.

Verona are poor, but they are desperate and may just grab a point at an unmotivated and under strength Genoa.

Prediction: Genoa 2 - 2 Hellas Verona


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 18 - 13
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 -2
Possession: 50% - 50%

Referee Claudio Gavillucci took the names of Isaac Cofie and Oscar Hiljemark for Genoa. Verona's Andrea Danzi, Mattia Valoti and Alessio Cerci were also on the receiving end of a yellow card.

Hellas Verona certainly gave this a go, but once again their lack of quality in crucial areas proved their undoing as they slumped to yet another damaging defeat.

The opening goal came in just the seventh minute. Genoa attacking down the left-hand side before feeding the ball into Iuri Medeiros. As the defence backed off, Medeiros picked his spot to find the corner from outside the box.

Verona did get back on level terms in the 64th minute. Alessio Cerci's volleyed effort smashing against the arm of Oscar Hiljemark in the box. Not much the defender could do about it, but the referee pointed to the spot. Romulo making no mistake with his penalty kick.

The home side were back in front in the 78th minute though. Hiljemark finding Gianluca Lapadula sliding in in the six-yard box. His effort was miscued, but straight to Darko Lazovic who pulled the ball back to Daniel Bessa to side foot home from seven yards.

In the 93rd minute it was three. The Verona defence backing off yet again as Goran Pandev carried the ball forward. Needing no second invitation, Pandev promptly chipped the keeper from just outside the area. Great finish.

Hellas Verona's task of escaping the drop already looked difficult. Whilst still not impossible on the back of this defeat, it is surely only a matter of time before their demotion is confirmed. Six points adrift of safety with just four games remaining, time simply looks to be running out now.

Genoa move up a place to eleventh as the continue to play out their season.

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