After an agonising near-miss in the Netherlands, Kev’s looking for redemption in Serie A.
Hosts can get on the scoreboard
Salernitana v Verona
Wednesday 22 September, 17:30
Live on BT Sport
A case of close and only half a cigar last night in the Netherlands, as Ajax won 5-0 at Fortuna Sittard to land two of the three parts of our bet, but Sebastien Haller didn’t enhance his impressive scoring record. We’ll take it on the chin and move on.
Italy is our next destination, because Salernitana are up against Verona in Serie A, and I think the hosts can finally get their campaign moving with a win.
Having surprisingly been promoted to the top flight, Salernitana suddenly had an issue, because owner Claudio Lotito already owns Lazio, and Serie A rules state that you can’t own two clubs at the same time. A solution has been found, but it didn’t make for idea preparation.
The Granata haven’t made the best of starts, losing all four of their top-flight games, and scoring just two goals while conceding 12. That said, Fabrizio Castori’s men played far better against Atalanta at the weekend, and were perhaps unfortunate to tumble to a 1-0 defeat.
Verona benefited immediately from the arrival of new coach Igor Tudor at the weekend, as he masterminded an impressive 3-2 win over Roma, but they have lost the other three league games. Stretching back into last season, they have claimed a single point from their last five Serie A away games, and they have lost eight of the last 12.
With French veteran Franck Ribery in the side, I think Salernitana can finally pick up some points. If we back them +0 & +0.5 on the Asian Handicap at evens, we get a half-win if the game is drawn, and a full win if Salernitana take all three points.