Verona will welcome Cremonese Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi this Monday as both sides battle for maximum points in the 17th round of the 2022/23 Serie A season.
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona)
Verona are winless in their last eleven games (D1, L11).
They are the only Serie A side without a clean sheet this term and have conceded exactly twice in seven of their last 11 league outings.
The hosts have lost nine of their last ten Serie A matches (W1).
Cremonese are the only SA side yet to win a league game this season (D7, L9).
They have scored eleven league goals this season. Only Sampdoria (8) have scored fewer goals.
Verona and Cremonese have conceded a joint-league high of four SA goals each in second-half stoppage time.
Head to head
The last three meetings between both sides have ended all square after 90 minutes.
But over the last 13 head-to-heads, Verona have five wins while Cremonese have three wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Six months after finishing in ninth place in the Serie A table, Hellas Verona are still looking to kick-start their 2022/23 domestic league season truly.
The hosts enjoyed a stellar 2021/22 season, finishing in the top half of the table, narrowly missing out on European football due to a poor run of form in their last five games (W1, D2, L2).
They have since carried that form this season and are sitting at the bottom of the table after winning just once and losing 12 out of the 16 league games they have played.
Gabriele Cioffi was the man who led the Gialloblu into this season, but former defender Salvatore Bocchetti has since replaced him. The 35-year-old took over when Verona was sitting in 18th place, but he has been unable to turn the tide and has led them to the foot of the table.
But his side’s 1-1 draw against Torino on their return to league action did at least end a ten-match losing Serie A run. However, that result leaves Verona winless in 11 league games, and there appears little chance of that ending at home, where Bocchetti’s side have lost nine of their last ten SA matches (W1).
Possible Verona starting line-up
Lorenzo Montipò, Federico Ceccherini, Isak Hien, Pawel Dawidowicz, Fabio Depaoli, Adrien Tameze, Ibrahim Suleman Kakari, Josh Doig, Yayah Kallon, Darko Lazovic, Milan Djuric.
Injured: Marco Davide Faraoni
Although they sit one place above Verona in the league table, Cremonese aren’t doing much better than their hosts.
The visitors are the only Serie A side yet to win a league game this season (D7, L9). However, they come into this relegation six-pointer two points better off than their hosts.
There’s a bit of unwanted history creeping ever closer for Cremonese in, as they are now only three games away from becoming the first team since Verona in 2015/16 to be winless at the halfway mark of a Serie A season.
That season, Verona were ultimately relegated, and Cremonese will be desperate to avoid such a fate in their first season back in the top flight since 1995/96.
To avoid dropping immediately back to the lower division, they need to sort their defending and get scoring boots on, having scored just eleven league goals this season.
Possible Cremonese starting line-up
Marco Carnesecchi, Alex Ferrari, Matteo Bianchetti, Luka Lochoshvili, Leonardo Sernicola, Michele Castagnetti, Charles Monginda Pickel, Luca Zanimacchia, Emanuele Valeri, David Okereke, Cyriel Dessers.
Suspended: Souahilo Meite
Verona 0-1 Cremonese