- Its Matchday 29 in Serie A, with both Verona and Parma still competing with an outside chance of Europa League soccer
- With ten games to go both teams have a six-point gap to close
- We preview the game, look at the odds and offer a pick below
The Serie A restart is now well underway and on Matchday 29 Hellas Verona entertains Parma at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Wednesday, July 1st at 3:45 pm ET.
With both teams still looking to get themselves qualified for Europa League play next season, here’s a look at the odds and betting preview for the match
Hellas Verona vs Parma Serie A Odds
|Verona||-½ (-102)||-102||Ov 2, 2½ (-119)|
|Parma||+½ (-118)||+255||Un 2, 2½ (-101)|
Odds taken June 30th
Ten Games; Six points – Still Doable?
With tens games left, Verona and Parma are locked on 39 points in eighth, and ninth place, respectively; sixth points behind sixth-placed Napoli but still within touch of the Europa League places.
This makes Wednesday’s game huge, with the winner taking a huge stride towards closing that gap while, for the loser, it’s all but season over.
For Verona, the lockdown came at the worst possible time, after they’d enjoyed a tremendous winter – one that included an exhilarating 2-1 win over the mighty Juve in early February.
Following that game, they were riding high in Serie A and looked well on course for a top-six finish, but it feels like a case of what could’ve been for I Gialloblu, who have now taken just five points from their last five games.
#Juric: «Parma squadra ‘vera’, ma noi vogliamo continuare a far punti»
— Hellas Verona FC (@HellasVeronaFC) June 30, 2020
Verona’s poor recent run includes a potentially damaging 2-0 defeat at sixth-placed Napoli, while last weekend they conceded two late goals at Sassuolo to drop two precious points.
In order to close that six-point gap, they simply have to start winning again, but manager Ivan Juric is finding it tough to recreate the rhythm they found pre-lockdown. The loss of momentum is not something that can be fixed, but the Croatian must, at the very least, get his defense performing as it did before the break when it had one of the best records in the league.
Hellas Verona vs Parma Head-to-Head Stats
|28 / 10||Game played / Wins||28 / 11|
|3-0 v Lecce (h)||Biggest win in 2019/20||5-1 v Genoa (h)|
|1-3 v Roma (h)||Heaviest defeat in 2019/20||5-0 v Atalanta (a)|
Heartbreak Against Inter
Parma too are in a position to bemoan some missed opportunities to close the gap between themselves and Napoli. As recently as Sunday, they let an early lead slip against Inter Milan and ended up losing 2-1 in a stormy game they had controlled for long periods.
Instead of closing it out for a 1-0 win, two Inter goals inside the last six minutes of normal time saw the Milanese return home with all three points – a potential hammer blow to Parma’s European ambitions.
But, like Verona, with ten games to go, they’ll feel there is still time to get themselves back in the mix, especially if they can avoid defeat in this one.
The key will be how they cope with the psychological impact of conceding those two late goals against Inter. Coach Roberto D’Aversa will be asking his team to write that one off and, instead, try and draw on the heights they hit in their previous game when they hammered Genoa 4-1 on their own patch. He’ll be demanding a performance of that ilk in Verona.
Tactical Changes for Verona?
Verona may opt for a back-three, with Alan Empereur replacing Marash Kumbulla, and Juric has hinted that Emmanuel Badu may be brought back in place of Miguel Veloso in the midfield.
He will, however, definitely be without striker Fabio Borini who is still serving a three-match ban.
All the best photos from #ParmaInter ??
— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) June 29, 2020
Parma will be without Juraj Kucka, who saw red late on in the Inter game, with Gaston Brugman in line to take the Slovakia international’s place in midfield, but otherwise expect to see a similar line-up to the one that started last Sunday.
With so much at stake here, and defeat for either potentially ending their chances of catching the top six, this one has draw written all over it. Both would obviously welcome a win and three points, but the desire of both managers not to lose may just outweigh their need for a win. A point apiece and both are still in the mix with nine left to play, so there’s value in the +235.
Pick: Verona and Parma to draw (+235)