A week or so ago I wrote a piece for this very website detailing how I think the promotion race will go over the run-in to the end of the season. In it I made numerous statements and assertions as to what I thought would happen.
And at the time these predictions would have been considered to be on sound footing. Now however two rounds of matches later, 70-80% of what I stated is already crumbling or creaking from stress. Such is the nature of Serie B and while nobody readily likes to admit they may not have got things spot on, in this case I’ll make an exception. The reason for this being that with my predictions being debunked almost instantaneously just goes to show what a fascinating and competitive league Serie B is.
And as such I hereby declare that from now until the end of the season I will continue to make bold prediction after prediction knowing that I will more than likely be proved wrong. Why do that may you ask? To show that nothing in this division is a guarantee, anybody can literally beat anybody else thus making Serie B, if not the most skilful division, certainly the most intriguing on the peninsula.
That being said lets now take a look at the round 28 mid-week action, which threw up plenty of thrills and spills. In some sort of homage to the status quo, Frosinone do retain their position at the head of the table, but even that comes with a caveat. A 1-1 draw away to Perugia at the Renato Curi is a good result on paper for the Lazio based club. But failure to hold onto an early lead has allowed the upstart SPAL close the gap at the top to the minimum of one point. That being thanks to the Biancoazzurri’s 1-2 away win in Salerno against Salernitana.
The men from Ferrara have been nothing short of a revelation this season and after enduring a number of years of hardship in which the club dropped down as far as Serie D it is good to see them back at this level after so many years. Indeed, with the passionate Curva Ovest behind them few would bet against them achieving the remarkable and securing promotion to Serie A (So that’s 100 quid on them to implode and miss the play-offs altogether then)
As for the leagues, other fairy tale story Benevento, well they have slipped up in the last week as a result of back to back defeats, the latest of which being a 1-0 defeat away to Novara. As well as falling five points back of the automatic promotion spots, the Stregoni now also have the added stress of seeing an inform Bari side charging up behind them.
After two defeats and two draws in four matches third place Verona finally got back into the winning groove on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory. However, given that the win was over bottom place Ternana anything less than three points would have been embarrassing. What the Gialloblu now need to show their fans and the wider public is that this is a genuine return to form and not just the fact that they were taking on the divisions weakest side.
As for the other sides currently occupying the play-off positions, there were wins for Cittadella and Spezia. While Perugia’s aforementioned draw against Frosinone sees, them drop to eighth, level on points with Novara who are now only one place outside the pot of gold that are the play-offs.
Meanwhile down the bottom, Ternana continue to look like a Lega Pro club, as for Trapani their resurgence took a big knock back in Veneto on Tuesday night as they conceded in the 94th minute to lose 3-2 against Cittadella. That defeat know leaves the Granata four back of safety.
As for Vicenza they have now slumped into the bottom three despite a decent enough 2-2 home draw against Virtus Entella. Although with the Diavoli Neri not on great form it may be looked back on as a missed opportunity for the Romeo Menti outfit. Elsewhere the relegation six pointer between Latina and Cesena finished 1 a piece while plucky Pro Vercelli picked up a point at home thanks to a 95th minute penalty from Gianluca Comi against Avellino.
Christian Brocchi’s poor season in charge of Brescia has taken a turn for the worst with the club Ultras now demanding that the former Milan boss be given his marching orders.
Financial irregularities have hit the league again with news emerging that Pisa have been deducted a point due to their financial mismanagement. With the club in a battle to avoid the drop how vital may this point end up being.
Finally Rolando Bianchi is back in the league and back doing what he does best, scoring goals. His first for new club Pro Vercelli coming at the weekend against Cesena.
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Week 28 Results:
Bari 2-0 Brescia, Spezia 2-1 Ascoli, Pro Vercelli 1-1 Avellino, Novara 1-0 Benevento, Pisa 0-0 Carpi, Latina 1-1 Cesena, Perugia 1-1 Frosinone, Salernitana 1-2 SPAL, Hellas Verona 2-0 Ternana, Cittadella 3-2 Trapani, Vicenza 2-2 Virtus Entella.