League: Italy Serie B Play-Offs
Venezia vs Cittadella
Pick: Venezia to Win
REASON FOR THIS FREE TIP:
- Venezia are unbeaten in their last five home games, winning four (incl. ET Play-Off victory vs Chievo).
- Cittadella have won just one of their last eight away trips, losing four.
- Venezia won Sunday’s first leg 0-1 and also beat their opponents 1-0 at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo earlier this season.
Venezia to end 20 year top flight absence
After a 0-1 success in Sunday’s first leg, Venezia are backed to book their long awaited return to the top flight when they square off against Cittadella in Thursday’s Serie B Play-Off Final.
Francesco Di Mariano’s goal five minutes into the second half was the difference between the two sides at the weekend and I Leoni alati look set to edge out their cross-city rivals once again here.
Paolo Zanetti’s charges have been rock-solid this month and are unbeaten in eight outings going into this Thursday’s decider. They’ve won four of their last five starts at home and beat Cittadella 1-0 at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo earlier this season.
Cittadella are bidding to reach Serie A for the first time in their 48 year history, but they surely have it all to do after losing four of their last six matches on the road.
Roberto Venturato’s men haven’t been great throughout the campaign on their travels (W6, D5, L8) and lost 2-0 at Monza in the second leg of the last round. It looks to all intents and purposes as though Venezia will have their number once again this week.
The hosts are an attractive bet to seal the deal by winning on the night at odds-against and we’re also forecasting another 1-0 score-line in their favour.