Hellas Verona vs. Bologna 9-18-23 Serie A Soccer Odds, Prediction, and Tips

Hellas Verona vs. Bologna 9/18/23 – This Monday, September 18, 2023, Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona, Italy will be the venue where Hellas Verona will square off against Bologna in a Serie A showdown. The expected starting goaltenders for the matchup are Lorenzo Montipo for Hellas Verona and Lukasz Skorupski for Bologna. Stay tuned for Serie A winning picks based on an in-depth analysis of both teams’ performances and betting trends.

Hellas Verona vs. Bologna

Date & Time: Monday, September 18, 2023 at 2:45 PM ET

Location: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

TV: Paramount+

Hellas Verona vs. Bologna 9/18/23 Betting Odds

Hellas Verona+155+1 (-233)2.5 over (-102)
Bologna+155-1 (+450)2.5 under (-118)

Hellas Verona Analysis

Hellas Verona had a challenging previous season, hovering around the 17th position in terms of expected goals with a rate of 1.9. Their expected goals against were at 3.9, which clearly illustrates the defensive vulnerabilities they exhibited. These statistics underline a team struggling to find a balance between offense and defense. Hellas Verona conceded four goals, averaging 1.33 goals surrendered per 90 minutes, which points to a defense that often left their goalkeeper exposed.

Speaking of goalkeepers, Lorenzo Montipo stands out as the man between the posts for Hellas Verona. With a career save percentage of 68.5% and a rate of 1.23 goals allowed per 90 minutes, Montipo has proven himself to be a reliable last line of defense. He has accumulated 51 clean sheets in his 218 career starts, which is good for a clean sheet rate of 23.4%. His experience and shot-stopping ability will be critical for Hellas Verona if they aim to climb up the Serie A table this season.

In terms of attack, Milan Djuric is a player who can’t be ignored. The forward from Bosnia has scored 70 goals in over 26,000 professional minutes, providing a much-needed offensive spark for his team. However, for Hellas Verona to truly succeed, they’ll need to bolster both their defensive strategies and offensive firepower to support Djuric and Montipo alike.

Bologna Analysis

Bologna, also known colloquially as the Greyhounds, had an equally turbulent last season. With an xG of 3.9 and a save percentage of 55.6%, they had their share of ups and downs. Their ranking of 8th in Serie A with four points also paints a picture of a team that needs improvement in multiple areas. When the defense allowed goals, they did so in bunches, leading to a 1.33 goals against per 90 minutes rate, which is concerning.

The spotlight will undoubtedly be on their goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski. With a somewhat troubling 1.42 goals allowed per 90 minutes and a save percentage of 71.6%, he will need to up his game. He’s managed 73 clean sheets in his 307 career starts, translating to a 23.8% clean sheet rate. Skorupski’s form will be crucial for Bologna, particularly if their defense continues to be porous.

Offensively, Bologna has Joshua Zirkzee as a trump card. The Dutch forward averages 0.45 goals per 90 minutes and has shown moments of brilliance in his career. However, like Hellas Verona, Bologna will need more than just one attacking player performing well to ascend in the Serie A standings. Zirkzee will need support, and Skorupski will need a more reliable defense in front of him if Bologna aims for a successful season.

Hellas Verona vs. Bologna Betting Odds

Hellas Verona have been modestly reliable, boasting a 2-1 record in their last 5 games, both overall and against the spread. They’re also 1-1 against the spread on road games, hinting at some level of consistency. The totals have gone OVER in 2 of their last 3 games, signaling some offensive potential. 

On the flip side, Bologna also holds a 1-1 record in their last five games. When it comes to betting against the spread, they’ve been better than Hellas with a 2-1 record and are unbeaten at 1-0 on the road. Interestingly, the totals have gone OVER in only 1 of their last 3 games.

Hellas Verona vs. Bologna Free Pick

Based on our in-depth analysis, we recommend the following picks: 

Moneyline: Hellas Verona +155

The Hellas Verona’s recent form and the stability provided by Montipo make them a good pick.

Spread: Hellas Verona +1 (-233)

Given the Hellas Verona performance and home advantage, they should be able to cover the spread.

Total: 2.5 over (-102)

Both teams have shown the capacity for goals, and their defensive records suggest a game with at least three goals.

Draw: A draw seems unlikely, given the form and potential of Hellas Verona.

Prediction: 1-2 Hellas Verona win

This match-up promises to offer much in terms of excitement and betting opportunities. Hellas Verona’s goalkeeper Montipo is likely to be the decisive factor, with his consistency and ability to make key saves. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or just looking for some action this weekend, there are a lot of great options for placing bets. If you’re interested in sportsbooks in Canada, several platforms offer extensive live betting options for Serie A matches, including this enticing Hellas Verona vs. Bologna fixture.