Genoa lost out to another one of the Europa League contenders last weekend, as their 3-2 loss against Fiorentina came after losing at Atalanta. However, they have a better chance of picking something up this weekend, ahead of a trip to already relegated Benevento. The hosts were beaten last weekend too, and they’re preparing for their final two matches in their maiden top flight season, before dropping back down to Serie B. After a difficult season among the best of Italian football, will the Witches of the South head out with a whimper here?
Benevento have managed to improve their form of late, having picked up some points at home and after gaining their first away win of the campaign. However, the Witches of the South have really struggled this term, with 28 defeats to their name already. There’s almost 16 points between them and safety, which shows just how out of their depth the bottom side are in the top flight.
There was a point this season when Genoa could have joined Benevento in Serie B, after an awful start to the campaign. They were terrible throughout 2017, slumping down the table in the back half of last season. This time around it has been a different story, with the Grifone doing enough to drag themselves in to the safety of mid-table, as they sit just a place shy of the top 10 after a great turnaround. They’re hanging on to Davide Ballardini as a result, but can he finish on a high with Genoa this season?
Heading to Benevento is the perfect chance to add another three points to their haul, with the hosts averaging just 0.78 points per game in front of their own support. They’ve lost two-thirds of their matches at this ground, and their record against sides higher up in the table is even worse. The Witches of the South have avoided defeat in just six matches at home, and four of those have been against bottom six sides, losing 11 of 13 games at home to sides placed 14th and higher.
Meanwhile, the Grifone are specialists when it comes to taking down the strugglers. They’re unbeaten home and away to the bottom five teams, winning eight of their nine encounters. Genoa have picked up four wins in their four trips to bottom five sides away from home this season, while one of their home victories against struggling outfits came against Benevento. With that form in mind, we think the visitors are great value on the Draw No Bet market, and that’s what we’re going with here.