Serie A Match Preview: Chievo Verona vs. Livorno

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Updated: November 28, 2013
Corini

Match Date: 01 December 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

 

Chievo Verona

Staying in the bottom for more than six consecutive weeks now is already a dangerous omen of Chievo’s possible relegation to the second division by the end of the tournament. However, the victory they scored lately seems to put a silver lining in their really poor run this season. The success—which was a clean sheet—was the long-desired break the side needed after incurring eight non-winning matches in the Italian top-tier league. Chievo defeated Hellas Verona 0-1 in a derby considered to be among the most intriguing in the tournament, especially because it marked the return of coach Eugenio Corini who parted ways with the club months ago.

 

Corini’s homecoming as Chievo’s head strategist is igniting a growing hope for their survival in the tournament.  Apparently, the club are in dire need of a great leader who knows the track and how to cross it. A winning debut is strong enough of an indicator that Corini is indeed the faculty the side have been salivating to have after a series of embarrassing downfalls.

 

Livorno

Earning zero goals and conceding two to each of their opponents in their two most recent matches, Livorno have sustained a steady decline in the league rankings. The highest placement they achieved this season so far was at number six, 10 spots higher than their current position. The side have collected 12 points from 13 fixtures and obtained a -7 goal difference.

 

Playing as away cannot build sturdy shield against a possible defeat. This is according to the club’s past record of five losses out of seven away tourneys. Playing as home is not comforting either, although its odds of winning in their own territory are of a shorter shot than the other way around. By this time, team manager Davide Nicola should already know how to address this problem.

 

Online betting tip: Should things go as they are intended to happen, this match will yield very tight scoring. Livorno will capitalize on their defense, while Chievo will utilize their new-found success in the attack. A draw is likely to finish this match, but Chievo could also pull off another milestone and add three more points to their streak under Corini’s excellent mentorship. Betting for them between 1.69 and 2.31 could be worth the risk.

 

Coach Eugenio Corini | Image source: zimbio.com