Serie A Match Preview: Chievo vs. Parma

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Updated: January 16, 2014
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Match Date: 19 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Marc`Antonio Bentegodi

 

Chievo

They may be currently two spots above (or one point clear of) the bottom three but Chievo are not yet completely free from any risk. The relegation zone has been their home for several weeks and if they fail to rectify and learn from their errors, a return to the zone is plausible.

 

Gialloblu past five matches (in all competitions) rendered them winless, though not all ended in defeats. In Serie A, the side incurred three defeats and one draw while in the Coppa Italia, they earned a stalemate.

 

At the Italian top-flight league, Luca Campedelli’s men are spending a fourth consecutive week without a win, which is contradictory to the surprise landslide victories they obtained from Verona, Livorno, and Sassuolo weeks earlier. At home, their last victory was the one they achieved from Livorno. Their two most recent fixtures were split between a loss and a deadlock.

 

Parma

I Crociati are ranked within the table’s top half. They have so far earned six wins and eight draws out of 19 matches, giving them a total score of 26 points. The side are doing well in their attack down the wings and in stealing the ball from their opponents. However, there is a growing problem in their defense—clearly marked by a poor shield of set pieces and a series of fouls in risky areas. This reflects on their performance scoring-wise, which renders them of a goal difference of just three.

 

Despite a few shortcomings, Parma have been undefeated in their last eight Serie A fixtures, picking up three wins and forcing five draws. Roberto Donadoni should laud his men for a job done relatively well, but must still think of other possibilities in order to send his team into the league’s much higher reaches.

 

Football betting tip: Although Parma’s form appears to be stronger than Chievo’s, it is not a guarantee of a sure victory by the visitors over their hosts. In this battle, owing to both sides’ robust determination to earn all the spoils, a draw should be expected.

 

Chievo | Image source: Zimbio