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Jul 1, 2020 at 8.45pm UK at Marc Antonio Bentegodi
Hellas VeronaHellas Verona
Di Carmine (45+3' pen.), Zaccagni (54'), Pessina (81')
Empereur (55'), Pessina (90+4')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Kulusevski (14'), Gagliolo (64')
Barilla (6'), Iacoponi (15'), Hernani (38')

Preview: Hellas Verona vs. Parma - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Serie A fixture between Hellas Verona and Parma, including team news and predicted lineups.

Hellas Verona and Parma meet at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on Wednesday evening both realistically needing maximum points to remain in the hunt for a European place.

At the beginning of the week, the club are locked on the same points in ninth and eighth respectively, sixth points adrift of sixth-placed Napoli.

Match preview

Parma boss Roberto D'Aversa pictured in September 2018© Reuters

After getting the better of Juventus shortly after the turn of the year, Hellas Verona would have had high hopes of gatecrashing the top six before the end of the season.

While they remain just six points off that target, it is a case of what could have been for I Gialloblu after recording just five points from their last five games.

Included in that run is a potentially-decisive 2-0 defeat at Napoli, while conceding two late goals at Sassuolo led to two more points being dropped at the weekend.

First and foremost, Ivan Juric must get his side back performing to the levels which they were producing before lockdown, which saw them build one of the best defensive records in the division.

However, with draws now not helping their cause, the Croatian boss may have to consider a change of strategy if Verona are to avoid dropping further down into mid-table.

Parma also find themselves in a position where they have been left ruing missed opportunities, most recently at home to Inter Milan on Sunday evening.

Holding a 1-0 lead with a man advantage, Parma managed to succumb to a 2-1 defeat, missing out on the chance to close the gap on the top six to just four points.

Like Verona, there will be a feeling that there is still plenty of time to make an impact further up the standings, but the general consensus is that momentum is everything at this stage of the campaign.

On the plus side, Roberto D'Aversa and his Parma squad have no time to dwell on the disappointment of capitulating against one of the title contenders, while still taking the confidence from thrashing Genoa in the previous game.

Hellas Verona Serie A form: WDLWLD

Parma Serie A form: LWLDWL

Team News

Marash Kumbulla pictured for Hellas Verona in February 2020© Reuters

Having made a positive impression after replacing highly-regarded Marash Kumbulla, Alan Empereur could be preferred as part of the back three.

Emmanuel Badu may also be brought back into the centre of midfield, potentially at the expense of Miguel Veloso.

Fabio Borini remains absent for Verona as he serves the final game of his three-match ban.

Parma also have to make do without a player through suspension after Juraj Kucka's late dismissal against Inter.

Gaston Brugman is in line to take the place of the Slovakia international.

Hellas Verona possible starting lineup:
Silvestri; Rrahmani, Gunter, Empereur; Adjapong, Amrabat, Badu, Lazovic; Stepinski; Pessina, Zaccagni

Parma possible starting lineup:
Sepe; Laurini, Dermaku, Alves, Gagliolo; Brugman, Scozzarella; Kulusevski, Kurtic; Cornelius, Gervinho

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We say: Hellas Verona 1-1 Parma

Although both teams will feel inclined to push for all three points, we cannot see anything other than a low-scoring draw on Wednesday evening. With both managers having witnessed their sides suffer in defence, the onus will be on improving that part of their game.

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