The last remaining postponed fixture in Serie A will be played on Thursday between Salernitana and Venezia, in Salerno. A crucial meeting in the fight to avoid relegation!
With a victory in this duel at home, Salernitana overtakes Cagliari and leaves the relegation zone, at the same time condemning the lagoons to return to Serie B. If guests will win, the race to stay in the first league is will be really tight, with 4 teams in 3 points, when there are only 3 matches left of this season.
It seems incredible, but Salernitana, the team that already seemed doomed, is one of the fittest in Serie A at the moment! On Monday, the team from southern Italy drew away with Atalanta, score 1-1, being equalized only in the last minutes. Thus, Davide Nicola's students have reached 10 points in the last 4 games played, a little expected turnaround and which completely changed the data in the fight to avoid relegation.
The image of the excellent moment crossed by the grenade group is the series of 5 consecutive matches with goals scored, the second best in the history of the club in the first league. Between January and March 1999, Salernitana managed to score in 9 games in a row.
One of the explanations for the fantastic return of Nicola's boys is the way the matches started lately. At Bergamo, Salernitana opened the scoring in the 27th minute, the sixth goal of the last 9 scored in Serie A came in the first 30 minutes.
Against Atalanta, Salernitana's goal was scored by the Brazilian Ederson, who produced two goals and an assist in the last 4 appearances in the championship. But the impact of the Brazilian midfielder, brought in the form of a loan in the winter, is underlined by another statistic. The average of the points obtained by the grenade group with him on the field (1.2 / match) is significantly higher than without him (0.5). In addition to the South American, another important asset of this team is the offensive tandem, Federico Bonazzoli-Milan Djuric. The two strikers have scored 6 of the last 7 goals scored by Salernitana at home (each scored 3 times).
In last place, Venezia has 9 defeats in a row also with a new coach, but the luck did not show up. At the weekend, the lagoons lost in the final minutes with Juventus, score 1-2, in Torino. However, the performance was encouraging. Paolo Zanetti's replacement, Andrea Soncin, is convinced that his team deserved a better result, but now he is turning his attention to the next matches: "We have to stay in the fight until the last stage, when we have a direct duel with Cagliari. On Thursday we play everything in Salerno ".
The failure in Piedmont was the ninth consecutive one suffered by Venice. Since April 2018, it has never happened that a team loses 10 times in a row in Serie A (Udinese - 11). In addition, Salernitana has never been defeated by its opponent on Thursdays, in the previous 3 direct duels in the Italian first league: two victories and a draw. In the first Seria A round, it was 2-1 for the grenade, but Venezia obtained 3 of the 5 away successes of the season.
A dramatic extra-time winner goal saw Salernitana take three points from last year reverse fixture and it could even take a similar intervention to split two sides desperate for every available point. The combination of momentum, home advantage, and their visitors' lack of attacking threat should see the Home team motivated enough to get a victory today!